Deputies to no longer lose seats over income concealment

Deputies to no longer lose seats over income concealment

Instead, they will be warned or suspended without termination of authority.

State Duma deputies will not lose their seats over corruption violations, including the deliberate provision of false or incomplete information about property, income and expenses, according to Rosbalt. Under the bill adopted in the second reading on December 18 on the responsibility of State Duma deputies and Federation Council members for corruption offenses, they will just be warned or suspended without termination of authority (except for ordinary membership in committees).

The bill obliges deputies to report in the event of any personal interests potentially leading to a conflict of interest. Parliamentarians will have to give away their expensive gifts; they will be banned from travelling abroad at the expense of individuals or legal entities (except for business trips), as well as from opening accounts and deposits with foreign banks.        

Earlier, the Prosecutor General’s Office stated that the number of incidents when a deputy accepted a bribe increased by 9%, and incidents with a deputy giving a bribe grew by 2% in 2018. According to Aslan Yusufov, the deputy head of the anti-corruption enforcement agency, more than a thousand officials were dismissed over 2017 on the initiative of prosecutors due to loss of trust and confidence, and more than 900 lost their jobs in the first nine months of 2018.

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