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 prosecution has replaced life sentence for Lieutenant of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Aleksey Korotkov with 24 years behind bars in exchange for his support to the investigation: in particular, exposure of other gang’s members who had been dealing with murders of businessmen and random people for more than 10 years.