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What You Should Know / December 17, 2008 -- New legislation backed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin would allow Russian authorities to label any government critic a traitor — a move that rights activists said Wednesday was a chilling throwback to times of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.The bill, which is expected to become law, would expanded the definition of treason to include damaging Russia\'s constitutional order, sovereignty or territorial integrity. That, rights activists said, would essentially let authorities interpret any act against state as treason — a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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