MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a measure into law on Friday that introduces up to 15-year prison terms for spreading false information about the Russian army, as Moscow continues its invasion of Ukraine.

The bill, which was passed by MPs earlier on Friday, imposes prison sentences and fines for anyone who publish “knowingly incorrect material” about the military, with higher penalties imposed when the distribution is regarded to have major implications.

Putin also signed a measure that allows for fines or prison terms of up to three years for advocating for sanctions on Russia, despite the fact that Moscow is facing severe economic sanctions from Western countries as a result of the invasion.

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