This law indicates that Putin is intent on cracking down on jihad terrorists and eradicating their presence in Russia. It is unjust, of course, in that the families of terrorists may not have any involvement in the terrorist activities, and may not approve of them — although jihad families are common. If this law results in their taking action against their jihadi relatives to prevent them from acting, then it will have achieved its desired result. That, however, is unlikely in light of the deep ideological commitment that motivates the jihadis.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that forces relatives of terrorists to pay for damages caused by their attacks. It also boosts penalties for launching, participating, or financing militant or terrorist groups.Under the law, all damages – including moral damage – should be compensated “at the expense of the means of the person committing the terrorist act and also at the expense of the means of his [or her] family, relatives and close people.”
The term “close people” refers to those whose lives, health, and well-being are valued by the terrorist, due to the terrorist’s personal relationships with the individuals.
The law also stipulates that there should be “sufficient reasons” to believe that they received money, valuables, and other property as a result of terrorist activities, or that they generate income from such property.