“Power structures want to eat.” Forbes’ experts explain mass arrests of businessmen
According to the report by St. Petersburg’s Institute for the Rule of Law, around 10 thousand persons a year are convinced in economical cases.
The number of criminal cases against Russian businessmen has shortened, but the number of guilty verdicts remained in line with 2002, reports Forbes with reference to the report by St. Petersburg’s Institute for the Rule of Law. According to the report, around 10 thousand persons a year are convinced in economical cases.
The magazine notes that the number of economical case reached its climax in 2009. Then-President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev carried out reforms in law enforcement agencies. Research advisor of the St. Petersburg’s Institute Vadim Volkov believes those measures were not effective.
“The reform did not work for businessmen, but for all people who were economically active. But on the whole, the number of verdicts and severeness of punishment shortened,” Volkov stated.
Lawyer Henry Reznik believes the great number of guilty verdicts is caused by the fact that “power structures want to eat.”
“So, there’s a great number of politics and corruption in criminal cases. In my opinion, the trouble is in administration of law,” Reznik said.
The Institute’s director Kirill Titaev believes it is necessary to change the practise of accusation of businessmen of creation a criminal community (article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). In Titaev’s words, earlier, criminal ‘authorities’ and organized crime groups had been accused under this article. Now, half of the accused are people with high education.
“Businessmen are accused under this article on a permanent basis. He did not create a firm, but an organized crime groups. He did not run a business, but provided himself with disguise,” Titaev explained.
Russia’s Ministry of Justice earlier stated that the entrepreneurs did not need additional protection from law enforcement.