Last week, the Russian State Duma of the sixth convocation held its last plenary session, breaking up ahead of the Sept. 18 parliamentary election. The end of this legislature was fitting: its very last act was to adopt a draconian package introduced by United Russia lawmaker Irina Yarovaya that lowered the age of criminal responsibility for some offenses — including “mass disturbances” (Kremlin speak for street demonstrations) and failure to report a crime — to fourteen, and required cellular and internet providers to help security services with deciphering all mess...
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