The Parliament of the Chechen Republic has submitted to the State Duma a bill prohibiting the indication in the media of the nationality of the criminal. The document was published in the Duma electronic database on Monday, November 22.
“It is forbidden to disseminate in the media, as well as in information and telecommunication networks, information about the nationality, religion and belonging to the peoples of the Russian Federation of persons involved in the commission of crimes,” the text of the document says.
According to the parliamentarians, the establishment of the ban is due to the need to preserve interethnic and interfaith harmony and peace on the territory of Russia, writes Gazeta.Ru.
“In our multinational and multi-confessional country, every thoughtless and carelessly spoken word can become a detonator of a social explosion, lead to incitement of interethnic and sectarian enmity and unpredictable consequences for the whole country,” the materials accompanying the document say.
The head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation, Andrei Klishas, praised the initiative of the Chechen parliamentarians, stressing that the criminals have neither nationality nor religion. At the same time, he spoke in favor of additional consideration of the document.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov noted that at present such a ban is not legally enshrined, information about this is in the president’s digest. He refused to give an emotional assessment of this bill.