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Putin Signs Counterterrorism Law Criticized by Telecom Chiefs, Rights Activists

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed into law a controversial package of amendments to the country’s existing counterterrorism laws. While the new law toughens punishment for crimes connected to terrorism and extremism, experts say that the criteria for determining what is terrorist and extremist are vague, meaning the authorities can interpret the terms in an unacceptably loose manner. The Kremlin said in a statement Thursday that Putin instructed the government and the...

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