Russia

Russian Federation Council Sends Passed Treason Bill to Putin's Desk

Changed definition of treason a threat to activists and NGOs

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RUSSIA'S upper house of parliament has passed a hugely controversial bill broadening the definition of high treason to include passing NGOs harmful information.

The Federation Council passed the bill on Wednesday with 138 senators in favour, none against and one abstention, clearing the final legislative hurdle before President Vladimir Putin, as expected, signs the bill into law, state media said.