Reuters: Russian Duma deputies submit anti-terror proposals
- Russian Duma deputies submit anti-terror proposals
30 Nov 2004 21:38:35 GMT
MOSCOW, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Russian deputies submitted a draft anti-
terrorism law to parliament on Tuesday in the latest security measure
after attacks such as the Beslan school massacre in which more than
330 people were killed.
The bill proposes enabling authorities to introduce a series of
emergency measures -- including phone tapping, more document checks
and media restrictions -- if they receive information, even
unconfirmed, that an attack is being planned.
Following a series of attacks by Chechen rebels in recent months,
including the Beslan school hostage drama in September, Russia has
tightened security and planned to adopt an anti-terrorism law.
"Upon receiving information, pointing to the possibility of the
preparation or threat of a terrorist act ... temporary special legal
restrictions could be introduced as a counter- terrorism measure,"
the text of the bill, obtained by Reuters, says.
The bill, proposed by the dominant pro-Kremlin United Russia party,
could come up for discussion in its first reading by the end of the
year, the Duma's security committee head, Vladimir Vasilyev, was
quoted as saying by RIA Novosti news agency.
If passed, the bill would enable authorities to impose "terrorism
danger measures", restricting people's rights, for up to 60 days.