Putin brought on bill to State Duma to toughen liability for grabbing assets by power ministries
The Russian President Vladimir Putin brought on a bill to the State Duma to toughen the responsibility of law enforcement agencies for unjustified prosecution of entrepreneurs. The bill is published on the website of the lower house of Parliament.
It is proposed to amend the Art. 299 of the Russian Criminal Code (Knowingly Bringing an Innocent Person to Criminal Liability), namely, to increase the sentence of imprisonment from five to seven years; and if it has resulted in a large-scale damage or other serious consequences – to 10 years. The document stated that the large-scale damage is the one not less than 1.5 million rubles.
At the same time, the bill also proposes to add a new corpus delicti: illegal initiation of proceedings if the offense is committed for the purpose of obstructing the business activities or other personal interest, resulting in the termination of business or large-scale damage. The punishment will be imprisonment for a term of 5 to 10 years.
The explanatory memorandum states that the bill has been prepared on the basis of the proposals of the working group on monitoring and analysis of enforcement practices in the field of entrepreneurship.
It has also been reported that the preliminary investigation of cases initiated under Art. 169 of the Criminal Code (Obstruction of Legal Business or Other Activity) shall be transferred from the MIA to the Russian Investigative Committee. In order to do this, amendments in the Art. 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Russia will be made.
The special services believe that Russian Interior Ministry officials could have cooperated with the press to sell passport applications and border-crossing data of the two men suspected of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury.