The penalties are similar to those allowed under a law adopted earlier this month which aims to punish those who spread false information about the Russian armed forces, the agency said. The law was enacted after the invasion of Ukraine.
Interfax cited a senior legislator as saying the new law was needed because people were spreading false news about Russia’s embassies and other organizations operating abroad.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
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