Russia: Governor's Death Rumors Provoke Harsh Reaction Among Authorities

Alexander Mikhelson, head of “United Russia” fraction at Kemerovo regional Duma, has proposed [ru] a new draft bill that implies stricter responsibility for online libel. The action followed the appearance of the rumors [ru] that Aman Tuleyev, governor of the Kemerovo region, was found dead. Previously, local police had set up a task force to identify the personality of Bogdan Sukhikh, who is recognized as the source of the rumor.

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