Armenian authorities have developed “anti-vor” amendments to Criminal Code

Armenian authorities have developed “anti-vor” amendments to Criminal Code
Nikol Pashinyan

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan supported the criminalization of a status in the criminal hierarchy. The Armenian authorities have developed amendments to the country's Criminal Code against “thieves in law” and crime lords, Sputnik reported.

“Today, a draft amendment to the Criminal Code of Armenia has been adopted; it can be briefly described as follows: “A thief should be in prison!” (a famous quote from the 1979 Soviet film The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed), Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan commented on the initiative.

The project was presented by the Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan. According to the amendments, the status of a vor should be enough to bring a person to criminal liability.

“It envisages the prosecution for granting, obtaining or maintaining the highest status in the criminal hierarchy, as well as creation, leadership, participation, involvement and preservation of the criminal subculture,” Badasyan said.

At the same time, the project assumes that a member of a criminal group that reported its existence to law enforcement officers would either be released from liability or receive a milder sentence.

Also, the amendments provide for criminal liability for people who turn to crime lords asking to resolve certain issues. Such cases will be the responsibility of the Investigative Committee.

“People of that subculture think of prison as their home, therefore, they all need to be sent home,” the Armenian Prime Minister said. The Minister of Justice added that this is not only about "thieves in law", but also about crime lords.

The Armenian government adopted the project unanimously. Earlier, similar amendments to the Criminal Code were adopted first in Georgia and then in Russia.

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