After the dictator

Vladimir Putin

came to power, the concept of terrorism has been constantly expanded in Russian legislation to carry out internal repression.

Analysts of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW)


about this .

Experts write that recently the State Duma of the Russian Federation proposed amendments to the Criminal Code that would equate sabotage with terrorism.

"The Federal Security Service of Russia has moved from defining the activities of Islamist militants in the Caucasus as terrorism to orienting terrorism around the concept of Ukrainian 'saboteurs,'" the ISW report states.

Analysts also recalled that the head of the FSB, Oleksandr Bortnikov, stated that in 2022 there was an increase in "terrorist" activity in the Russian Federation.

He stated that this was allegedly related to the activities of the Security Service of Ukraine and Western special services.

"The Russian authorities are using the war against Ukraine to justify the expansion of legislation on terrorism under the guise of protecting internal security. Such measures are likely to give Russian special services greater freedom to suppress domestic dissent," added the Institute for the Study of War.

We will remind, earlier it was reported that in Russia the oppositionist Ilya Yashin was sentenced to 8.5 years 

of imprisonment in a general regime colony for "fakes about Bucha"


In addition, we previously informed that

repressions will increase

in Russia after the changes to the law on "foreign agents".

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