Russian MIA proposes to increase website owners’ liability for promoting narcotics

Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English

“The Russian MIA has drafted Federal Law “On introducing amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses” aimed at establishing increased liability for website owners and hosting providers for publishing (distributing) prohibited information about narcotics and psychotropic substances,” said Russian MIA official representative Irina Volk.
According to modern trends, the Internet is the most popular way to promote and advertise narcotics. The current penalties applicable to owners of Internet resources do not enable to efficiently achieve the goal of administrative punishment – prevention of new offenses both by an offender and by other persons.
Thus, it appears that owners of Internet resources promoting or advertising narcotics shall be subjected to increased administrative liability. It is proposed to introduce a separate qualifying sign into Article 6.13 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses stipulating increased penalties for the category of individuals, officials or legal entities being considered and to simultaneously amend part 1 Article 3.5 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses establishing amounts of administrative fines.
In addition, it is proposed to increase penalties under Article 13.34 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses that sets liability for Internet providers in case of failure to perform the obligation to restrict or restore access to information, access to which shall be restricted or restored based on data received from federal executive authorities controlling and supervising communications, information technologies and mass media. Besides, a separate qualifying sign will be added to this article establishing increased liability for repeated commitment of such offense within a year.
The proposed amendments will enable to more efficiently counteract promotion and advertising of narcotics in the Internet without any additional funding from the federal budget and budgets of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.
By the moment, the text of this draft Federal Law has been published for public discussion on the Federal Portal of Draft Regulations (