A group of Socialist-Revolutionary deputies introduced a bill to Russia’s State Duma, seeking to criminalize public denial of genocide against the Greeks, Assyrians and Yezidi Kurds perpetrated between 1915 and 1922 in Turkey.
It is proposed to introduce a penalty of up to 200.000 rubles or a sentence of forced labor or imprisonment for up to three years.
According to one of the authors of the bill, head of the faction Just Russia Sergei Mironov, a bill on outlawing the denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1922 is currently under consideration at the Duma.
“Our bill has a simple and obvious logic,” Mironov said. “Not only Armenians, but also representatives of other nations were affected by Turkey’s genocide of 1915-1922: millions of people fell victim, starved to death, lost their homeland. It is necessary to recognize the crimes of the Turkish regime to restore historical justice.”