Russo-Turkish Standoff: Russian lawmakers to consider penalizing Armenian Genocide denial

Russo-Turkish Standoff: Russian lawmakers to consider penalizing Armenian Genocide denial

NAZIK ARMENAKYAN
ArmeniaNow

A bill penalizing denial of the 1915 Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey has been introduced in the Russian State Duma, head of the Duma’s Spravedlivaya Rossiya faction Sergey Mironov announced on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

“We have just introduced a bill that institutes responsibility for failure to recognize the fact of the genocide of Armenians by Turkey in 1915,” Mironov wrote.

The Russian parliamentarian said a relevant bill will be put to the consideration of the parliament’s lower house in the next few days.

Under the proposed measure, a fine of up to 500,000 rubles (more than $7,500) will be imposed for denial that Ottoman-era killings and deportations of 1.5 million Armenians constituted genocide.

The initiative comes amid a continuing Russian-Turkish standoff over the November 24 incident at the Syrian-Turkish border where Turkish air forces shot down a Russian military plane engaged in an anti-terrorism mission. Ankara claimed the plane had violated the Turkish airspace, but Moscow denied it. President Vladimir Putin described Turkey’s downing of the Russian plane as a “stab in the back”.

Russia, which is Armenia’s key political and military ally, recognized the Armenian Genocide back in 1995.
President Putin attended the Genocide Centennial commemoration events in Yerevan on April 24, triggering an angry reaction from Turkish authorities then.