It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The bill, initiated by parliamentary allies of President Vladimir Putin, was drawn up in light of the deadly Beslan school siege in September in which more than 330 hostages were killed, half of them children, after a Chechen rebel attack.
It foresees the imposition of "a state of terrorist danger" if authorities receive information -- even unconfirmed -- that suggests an attack is being planned.
During that period, even if no attack takes place, authorities could introduce emergency measures including banning public demonstrations, tapping phones, conducting spot street checks and restricting movements of people and traffic.
Critics of the bill, mainly from the communist opposition in parliament, say the emergency powers could be unscrupulously exploited to snuff out public protests and popular discontent at some stage in the future.
Originally posted by Seekerof
Jazzgul, if you would have replaced "Russia" with the U.S., you would have had almost three pages by now.
Yeah, it seems that it will pass, and easily.
Broad anti-terrorism bill advances easily in Russia