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RUSSIA: 2017 prosecutions for religious literature – list: In a review of available court materials, Forum 18 found 54 prosecutions under Administrative Code Article 20.29 in 2017, for religious materials which do not incite violence or hatred. Of these, 49 resulted in conviction in the first instance, and three in acquittal. Judges halted the other two cases because the time limit on administrative prosecutions had expired.

Administrative Code Article 20.29 punishes “production or mass distribution of extremist materials included in the published Federal List of Extremist Materials, as well as their production or storage for mass distribution”.

Punishments in 2017 for religious literature were almost invariably fines, apart from one sentence of administrative arrest. The largest known fine for a private individual was 3,000 Roubles, and for a person in an official capacity – 5,000 Roubles. The largest known fine for a community was 500,000 Roubles.

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RUSSIA: 2017 prosecutions for religious literature – list: In a review of available court materials, Forum 18 found 54 prosecutions under Administrative Code Article 20.29 in 2017, for religious materials which do not incite violence or hatred. Of these, 49 resulted in conviction in the first instance, and three in acquittal. Judges halted the other two cases because the time limit on administrative prosecutions had expired.Administrative Code Article 20.29 punishes “production or mass distribution of extremist materials included in the published Federal List of Extremist Materials, as well as their production or storage for mass distribution”.Punishments in 2017 for religious literature were almost invariably fines, apart from one sentence of administrative arrest. The largest known fine for a private individual was 3,000 Roubles, and for a person in an official capacity – 5,000 Roubles. The largest known fine for a community was 500,000 Roubles.Punishments in 2017 for religious literature were almost invariably fines, apart from one sentence of administrative arrest. The largest known fine for a private individual