Since March of 2019, Russian military servicemembers have been banned from using smartphones and posting photos taken on the job to social media. The new regulations were proposed in September of 2018, and Russia’s State Duma and Federation Council approved them the following February. After the new law received President Vladimir Putin’s approval as well and went into effect on March 17, Russian soldiers immediately began receiving punishments for violating it. After examining military court records, Meduza found that soldiers who are discovered keeping smartphones with them or posting social media photos are typically sentenced to 5 – 15 days in a military jail.
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