Media lawyer and attorney Galina Antonets spoke with older students at ILS about Russian Federation laws regulating information on the Internet.
During her presentation, Galina Antonets acquainted the audience with the rules followed by regulatory and law enforcement bodies. For example, the students learned that if photos and personal information are not removed from people's accounts at their request, serious punishment could follow. Also, slanderous personal remarks are prohibited, and slanderous attempts at "humor" could result in fines and even imprisonment.
The guest speaker devoted particular attention to the distribution of extremist materials on the Internet.
"Let's say, for example, that, ignorant of the law, you place a photo or posting that is deemed extremist, receive a 1000-ruble fine, and eventually forget about the incident. However, at some point in the future, when you are applying for acceptance at a prestigious institution of higher learning or a job, you might be refused because your dossier includes information that you were found guilty of extremism."
The students also found out that there can also be punishment for inappropriate language, insulting remarks against religious believers, threats of violence and fake news.