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Russia mulls tougher anti-terror legislation

English.news.cn   2014-01-15 21:17:51

MOSCOW, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Russia's top legislative body received on Wednesday a package of draft bills set to toughen anti-terror measures and increase punishment for involvement in terrorist activities.

Three bills, which envisage expanding powers of the Federal Security Service (FSB), increasing anti-money-laundering measures and regulating electronic information flows, were submitted to the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament.

In particular, the bills' authors proposed to put under control financial electronic transactions of over 100,000 rubles (about 3,000 U.S. dollars) and to outlaw anonymous cross-border transactions.

One of the bills calls for increasing the punishment for financing terrorist groups to up to 20 years of incarceration. The FSB could be entitled to search citizens and their belongings and vehicles.

The bills' initiators said these measures would restrict possibilities for financing terrorist organizations and communication between them.

The bills were submitted in the wake of the recent twin terror attacks in Volgograd, which killed at least 34, and on the eve of the Winter Olympic Games due in Sochi next month.

Following the Volgograd attacks, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged that Russia "will continue the fight against terrorists certainly, fiercely and consistently until they are all destroyed."

Earlier this month, Russian aviation authorities banned passengers to carry any liquids on airplanes as another security precaution.

Militant groups from the North Caucasus have repeatedly threatened attacks before and during the Winter Olympic Games.

Editor: Mengjie
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