Russian parliament backs huge protest fines

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Russian parliament backs huge protest fines

BBC – Russia’s upper house of parliament has voted through a controversial bill which sharply increases fines for breaking laws governing protests. The bill boosts fines for violations from the current maximum 5,000 roubles (£99; $152) to 300,000 for participants and 600,000 for organisers. The legislation was backed by 132 senators on Wednesday, with one voting against and one abstaining. Read Article

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