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Russian Prez Vladimir Putin toughens law for terrorist recruitment sentences

AFP
Published : Dec 30, 2017, 1:53 pm IST
Updated : Dec 30, 2017, 1:55 pm IST

The official publication of the law came two days after a bomb attack on a supermarket in Saint Petersburg which injured 14 people.

Putin called Wednesday's blast in his home city of Saint Petersburg an 'act of terror' and on Friday warned armed criminals they faced being ‘liquidated on the spot.’ (Photo: File)
 Putin called Wednesday's blast in his home city of Saint Petersburg an 'act of terror' and on Friday warned armed criminals they faced being ‘liquidated on the spot.’ (Photo: File)

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Saturday, a bill toughening sentences for terrorist recruitment as the country deals with the issue of returning jihadists from Syria.

Official publication of the law came two days after a bomb attack on a supermarket in Saint Petersburg, Russia's second city, injured 14 people.

The new law, which parliament voted through on December 14 and the upper chamber approved on December 26, immediately raises the maximum sentence for terrorist recruitment and finance to life from 10 years.

Russia's military intervened in Syria in September 2015 to shore up the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and combat jihadists, making Russia a major target for such groups.

After Putin announced a partial troop withdrawal earlier in December, security services voiced fears of jihadists returning to Russia from Syria after the Islamic State group (IS) lost most of its self-proclaimed caliphate straddling Syria and Iraq.

Putin called Wednesday's blast in his home city of Saint Petersburg an "act of terror" and on Friday warned armed criminals they faced being "liquidated on the spot."

Russia's FSB security service said two weeks ago it had broken up an IS cell planning a December 16 terror attack at an Orthodox cathedral in Saint Petersburg, a key tourist attraction.

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