Russian Lawmakers Propose Bill to Criminalize Genocide Denial


 Sergei Mironov

Sergei Mironov

MOSCOW (RFE/RL) — A group of Russian lawmakers have submitted a bill to parliament on holding to account anyone who denies that the 1915 killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces was a “genocide.”

The leader of Russia’s opposition, A Just Russia Party, Sergei Mironov, said on November 25 that the bill proposes a fine of up to 500,000 rubles (more than $7,500) for any denial of the Genocide.

The move by Russian lawmakers was made a day after the Turkish air force shot down a Russian jet near the Syrian-Turkish border.