Russia’s Parliament Backs Sweeping New Limits on Dissent

About This Source - Bloomberg QuickTake: Now

Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

It was founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981, with the help of Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, Charles Zegar, and a 12% ownership investment by Merrill Lynch.

Recent from Bloomberg QuickTake: Now:

  • A $2 Billion Energy Project Threatens a 7,000 Year-Old Reef in Taiwan
  • LIVE: Pelosi Holds News Conference After House Passes George Floyd Police Reform Bill
  • House Passes Police Reform Bill Named After George Floyd by Vote of 220-212
  • Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Russia’s Parliament Backs Sweeping New Limits on Dissent” – below is their description.

    Russian lawmakers approved a raft of new measures restricting political activity and protests as well as tightening control over the Internet in what analysts say is a response to simmering popular discontent and fears of more pressure from the U.S.

    The State Duma passed the measures — all backed by the ruling party and virtually certain to become law — with little debate. They include criminal penalties for individuals determined to be “foreign agents,” including journalists and political activists. Others impose further limits on public protests, broaden definitions of libel online and ban the publication of information about security-services personnel.

    Another measure gives regulators the power to block foreign Internet companies for limiting access to Russian content, such as state-run media.

    “This is tyranny and tightening the screws,” said Elena Lukyanova, a prominent law professor who’s often critical of the authorities.

    Backers of the measures defend them as necessary to protect the political system from outside influence, arguing they’re in line with the constitution.

    With consumer incomes stagnant and public support for the government weak, authorities face a challenge delivering a commanding victory for the ruling party in next year’s parliamentary elections. Persistent anti-government protests in the Far East city of Khabarovsk, as well as in neighboring Belarus, have added to pressure.

    “They are preventively crafting a shield against the support of Russia’s opposition from Joe Biden that they expect” when the new U.S. administration takes office, said Alexei Makarkin, deputy director of the Center for Political Technologies in Moscow. “We are ready — that’s what they are demonstrating to America now.”

    Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel

    Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

    In This Story: Belarus

    Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus and formerly known as Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and most populous city is Minsk.

    5 Recent Items: Belarus

  • Why does ESTONIA have the most COMPETITIVE TAXES in the WORLD? – VisualPolitik EN
  • Supermodel Natalia Vodianova – New UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador & UN Daily Press Briefing (24 Feb 2021)
  • The journalists jailed in Belarus as post-election crackdown continues
  • Putin takes Belarus president Lukashenko skiing in Sochi
  • Belarus receives COVID-19 vaccines donated by China
  • In This Story: Joe Biden

    Joe Biden is an American politician serving as the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama and represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009.

    He is married to Dr Jill Biden.

    Books by Joe Biden #Ad

    6 Recent Items: Joe Biden

  • CDC fears easing of restrictions could fuel another COVID-19 surge
  • How to stop the hate, attacks on Asian Americans and minorities
  • Biden Won’t Address Congress Until After Passage of Covid Stimulus: Psaki
  • Biden Hails ‘Unprecedented’ American Unity on $1.9 Trillion Covid Stimulus
  • Biden calls it a mistake for states to lift COVID-19 restrictions | WNT
  • Biden Tells House Democrats the U.S. ‘Badly Needs’ $1.9 Trillion Stimulus
  • In This Story: Moscow

    Moscow, on the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia’s symbolic center. It’s home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum’s comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes.

    2 Recent Items: Moscow

  • US finds Russia poisoned Navalny, joins EU in sanctions
  • US and EU sanction seven Russian officials over Alexei Navalny poisoning
  • Leave a Comment