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Mike da Tigah
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Adding to fears that the Kremlin aims to stifle dissent,Russians now live under a new law expanding the definition of treason so broadly that critics say it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor.

The law took effect Wednesday,just two days after President Vladimir Putin told his human rights advisory council that he was ready to review it.

His spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies Wednesday that Putin would be willing to review the treason law if its implementation reveals "some problems or aspects restricting rights and freedoms."

But what Putin might consider a problem is unclear. His opponents say a series of measures enacted since Putin returned to the Kremlin in May for a third term show he is determined to intimidate and suppress dissidents.

One recent measure imposes a huge increase in potential fines for participants in unauthorized demonstrations. Another requires non-governmental organizations to register as foreign agents if they both receive money from abroad and engage in political activity. And another gives sweeping power to authorities to ban websites under a procedure critics denounce as opaque.

After fraud-tainted parliamentary elections last December,an unprecedented wave of protest arose, with some demonstrations attracting as many as 100,000 people. Putin still won the March presidential election handily, but the protests boldly challenged his image as the strongman Russia needs to achieve stability and prosperity.

Under the new law,anyone who without authorization possesses information deemed a state secret - whether a politician,a journalist,an environmentalist or a union leader -could potentially be jailed for up to 20 years for espionage.







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Another story to warm the cockles of TN Bhoy's heart.





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it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor.

Ah....so THIS is what Obama meant when he said he would have more flexibility after the election.






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Mike da Tigah
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it could be used to call anyone who bucks the government a traitor.

Ah....so THIS is what Obama meant when he said he would have more flexibility after the election.



A big jump from calling your adversaries racists to traitors, but I've got confidence in his ability to pull it off.

Yes we can.





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Obama heading over to get pointers...





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SlowFlowPro
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with Russia, expect Russia





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Hearkens back to he good old days under Stalin when "anti-Soviet thought" was a crime. At first it was five years, then up to ten, at its end point twenty five years immprisonment.





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