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MOSCOW, May 24. /TASS/. Russia’s Supreme Court believes introduction of criminal responsibility for outrages on the national anthem is a well-ground proposal, the press service of one of the authors of an appropriate parliamentary bill told TASS on Monday quoting a conclusion issued by the court.
"Considering Article 9 of the federal constitutional law ‘On the National Anthem of the Russian Federation’, which contains a direct stipulation for punishment in accordance with Russian legislation in cases of outrages on the national anthem, and proceeding from the principle of equality of state symbols, provisions of the bill on safeguarding the anthem appear to have proper grounds," said the Supreme Court’s document signed by Deputy Chairman Vladimir Davydov.
The conclusion was quoted by the press service of the senator Vadim Tyulpanov, the chairman of the committee for parliamentary procedures in the upper house of parliament.
The authors of the bill define the outrage on the national anthem as a "purported distortion of the musical score or lyrics of the national anthem in the course of its public rendition or publication in mass media, electronic or informational networks including the Internet".
The document proposes punishment for this type of offenses in the form of imprisonment for up to twelve months or compulsory public works of the same duration.