“Again and again, life is reminding us of the mechanism of Stalinist terror. From persecution of regime opponents, to the persecution of internal party opposition. From blaming technological catastrophes and social problems on sabotage, to all-encompassing paranoia. From reprisals within the elite, to total terror that paralyzes society and drains its blood.” This is what political and rights activist Lev Ponomarev said after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law this week that broadens the definition of treason.
This new version of the law is intended to protect the country’s external and internal security. Along with more obvious crimes like selling state secrets, one can now be indicted for “providing financial, material-technical, consultative, or other aid to a foreign government, international or foreign organization or its representatives whose actions are directed against the security of the Russian Federation.” (more…)