Russia’s Supreme Court has cleared the way for a new law to make it a criminal offence to insult the national anthem.
At present insulting the anthem is a civil offence that involves a fine of $45-$2,200 ($60NZD-$3000NZD).
The new law will bring it into line with the state flag and coat of arms. Insulting these items is already a crime.
The law has been made following a mistake which was made on the 8th April in Crimea.
During an important government ceremony the video editor put up the first set of words he found on the internet, not realising that they mocked Russia.
The subtitles described Russia as “insane”, “slavish”, and “boastful”.
The video clip of this has since been watched by over 370,000 people on YouTube.