Ministry of Defense proposes to expand the list of confidential information
The Russian military department came up with a legislative initiative to assign the “official secret” label to information that relates to the country’s defense, but does not belong to the category of “state or military secrets.” For this, it is proposed to amend the law “On Defense”.
Information about emergencies, facts of violation of rights and freedoms and information about environmental pollution will not be classified as an official secret.
In addition, information will remain open, the publication of which is mandatory under international treaties.
“It is proposed that information generated during the implementation of measures in the field of defense, and not constituting a state secret, should be classified as confidential at the legislative level,”
– says in the explanatory note to the draft law.
The bill provides for a new article in the law “On Defense” – “Official secrets in the field of defense”, which will establish the categories of information related to confidential.
The document notes that the media “periodically publish official information concerning the organization of state defense, in terms of the creation of weapons and military equipment, financial condition and economic activity.” This information does not belong to state secrets, and therefore it is now impossible to fully limit its distribution in open sources. Now it will be possible.
Also, the bill proposes to introduce liability for those guilty of disclosing information constituting an official secret in the field of defense, in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation. It is proposed to introduce liability in accordance with Article 13.14 of the Administrative Code in relation to organizations and citizens and disciplinary liability in accordance with the charter in relation to Russian military personnel, other troops, military formations, as well as citizens called up for military training.
Article 13.14 of the Administrative Code “Disclosure of information with limited access” provides for a fine for citizens from 500 to 1 thousand rubles and from 4 thousand to 5 thousand rubles for officials, except for cases when the disclosure of information entails criminal liability.
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