“Thieves in law won’t gather less.” Lawyer reports about pointlessness of Putin’s new law

“Thieves in law won’t gather less.” Lawyer reports about pointlessness of Putin’s new law
Lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky

Dmitry Agranovsky says there were enough sanctions for creation of organized crime group.

Lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky expressed doubts as to efficiency of a new law on hardening of prosecution for creation of an organized crime group, reports RIA Novosti. Agranovsky believes that it is unlikely that the law will change the situation in society or criminal world; and won’t influence on activities of ‘thieves in law’.

“There were enough sanctions for creation of an organized crime group. Nothing will change for society or criminal world. But we hardened fight against crime,” the lawyer said.

On March 14, the State Duma at its third reading adopted a law that hardens criminal prosecution towards bosses of the criminal world. According to the document, criminals will face from 12 to 20 years behind bars and a 5 million rubles fine for creation of an organized crime group; and from 12 to 20 years behind bars and 1 million rubles fine - for participating in ‘conventions’. People of the highest ranking in the criminal world will face from 15 to 20 years and a 5 million rubles fine, or life in prison.

Agranovsky noted that those people whom this law is directed against are not law-abiding: they use conspiracy approach and hide their activity. The lawyer believes ‘thieves in law’ won’t gather less. He also added it is hard to prove that a person is of the highest ranking in the criminal world. “May be, by tattooes. I’m kidding, but behind every joke there's some truth,” Agranovsky concluded.

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