Russia Could Criminalize Deepfakes

Yaroslav Nilov, the deputy head of the LDPR faction in the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has said that Russia could criminalize ‘deepfakes’.

The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) is preparing a bill that would introduce criminal liability for using ‘deepfakes’ for fraudulent purposes such as extortion or theft. The details of the proposal were posted to the party’s Telegram channel on Friday.

Yaroslav Nilov , deputy head of the LDPR faction in the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, noted that deepfakes – images and videos that have been altered using a neural network – can be used by plotters to deceive and obtain money from victims.

The party has suggested updating the Russian criminal code to define the use of deepfakes as harmful, and an aggravating circumstance, in several articles. 

“If a deepfake is used, those guilty of fraud will face up to five years in prison or a fine, for theft – up to two years, for extortion – up to four years, and for misappropriation or embezzlement of someone else’s property – up to two years,” the party wrote.

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