Article 190-1

of the Russian SFSR Criminal Code

(added to the Code in 1966)

DISSEMINATION OF FABRICATIONS KNOWN TO BE FALSE, WHICH DEFAME

THE SOVIET POLITICAL AND SOCIAL SYSTEM

“The systematic dissemination by word of mouth of deliberate fabrications which defame the Soviet political and social system, or the manufacture or dissemination in written, printed or other form of works of the same content,

“shall be punished by deprivation of freedom for a term not exceeding three years, or by corrective labour for a term not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding 100 rubles.”

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Investigated by the MVD (police).

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Equivalent laws in the Criminal Codes of other Soviet republics

  • Latvian SSR – Article 183-1
  • Lithuanian SSR  – Article 199-1
  • Ukrainian SSR – Article 187-1
  • Uzbek SSR – Article 194-1
  • Tajik SSR – Article 203-1

International Agreements …