Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on Wednesday a divisive bill into law that aims to increase the country’s sovereignty over its Internet and help defend against foreign cyber attacks. Critics, however, claim the law will further limit the country’s media freedom.
Russia’s lower house of Parliament approved Tuesday the third reading of a draft law aiming to increase the country’s sovereignty over its internet and defend against foreign cyber attacks, the State Duma confirmed in a tweet.
Alabama lawmakers shelved last week a new bill that would have eliminated the current ban on public officials receiving gifts and reduce the penalties for low-level bribery convictions to misdemeanors.
Members of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, announced a proposal to ban the use of pangolin products, the world’s most trafficked animal, in traditional Chinese medicine.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko proposed new legislation to punish illegal enrichment just two days after Parliament launched an impeachment process against him for graft.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed Tuesday the Anti-Crime Bill, a significant step in the country’s crackdown on organized crime, violent crime and corruption, the country’s Justice Ministry said.
Russia’s State Duma is considering a new law which would make it easier to prosecute the heads of organized crime networks who often avoid direct involvement in crimes, creating a charge of “holding a high position in a criminal hierarchy.”
Argentina’s congress passed a law on Wednesday to stifle corporate corruption following the October arrests of two political figures on graft charges.
Iranian parliament has voted on Sunday to increase the amount of drugs for which judges can hand down death penalties, sparing the lives of thousands of prisoners on death row, mediareported.
Japan’s largest organized criminal group has published a manual for its members on how to avoid arrest under the country’s new anti-terrorism and organized crime law, The Asahi Shimbun reported Wednesday.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis signed a law on Monday defining illegal logging and any action “which endangers the country’s water, forests and lands” as a national security threat, reported Balkan Insight.
Bulgaria’s National Assembly has shot down a piece of legislation that would help fight corruption at the country’s highest level upon a first reading of the bill.
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