Russia introduced tough new legislation that dramatically increases the sentences faced by terrorists and terror supporters. Recruiters and contractors for terrorism now face between eight years imprisonment with heavy fines to life imprisonment, according to Russia Today. They can be sentenced to life in prison even if no one dies as a result of their activities.
Prior to the rules change, the maximum sentence for recruiters and contractors was 10 years.
The legislation also introduces a new offense of spreading terrorist propaganda, defined as possession of “materials or information, which forms [the] terrorist ideology of an individual.” It will carry the same sentence as “terrorism justification” or “public calls for terrorism,” both of which are punishable by two to seven years in prison.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the bill into law at the end of 2017.
Russia faces an imminent terror threat. In December 2017, Russian police foiled a terrorist attack targeting the iconic Kazan Cathedral in Saint Petersburg with American help. Putin called his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump to thank him for the CIA’s help in halting the plot.