The package of anti-terror laws was developed by MP Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov.
The documents were adopted by the State Duma on June 24 and approved by the Federation Council on June 29, 2016.
The anti-terror package specifically obliges communications operators to keep for three years information on the facts of receiving, transmitting, delivering and processing voice data and textual messages, images, audio and video.
The most voluminous content in the form of messages, images, audio and video information will have to be kept for six months. Communications operators will also be obliged to provide all this information to security services at their request.
Also, the Criminal Code of Russia will incorporate "international terrorism" in the list of crimes against the peace and security of mankind and stipulate life imprisonment as the maximum punishment for it.
The anti-terror legislation also imposes punishment for failure to report the preparations for or the commitment of terrorist crimes.
Russia’s Criminal Code is supplemented with a new article imposing punishment for inducing or recruiting for committing mass disorders.
Many provisions of the anti-terror package’s initial version caused great controversy both in society and among parliamentarians.