Putin Toughens Bomb Hoax Punishments

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law stiffening the punishments for those responsible for bomb scares.

The new law, published Monday on the government's legal information website, says that people convicted of causing the state "significant losses" by relaying false information about terrorist attacks now face a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to 1 million rubles ($28,000).

Previously, culprits could get a maximum prison term of three years, while fines were capped at 200,000 rubles, Gazeta.ru reported.

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