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Russian treason bill passes lower house

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Russian treason bill passes lower house


A new law that widely expands the definition of high treason has been passed by Russia’s lower house of parliament.

Critics say the bill is so loosely worded that it would allow the government to brand any dissenter a traitor.

Rights’ groups say the legislation is part of a wider crackdown on dissent following massive anti-Kremlin protests.

The law is expected to sail through the upper house before being signed by President Vladimir Putin.

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