Putin offers to put ‘thieves in law’ into prison for 15 years, and organizers of crime ‘conventions’ - for 20 years

Putin offers to put ‘thieves in law’ into prison for 15 years, and organizers of crime ‘conventions’ - for 20 years
Vladimir Putin

Measure of restraint for members of organized crime groups and representatives of a higher hierarchy of the criminal world is expected to be hardened in Russia.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin has introduced a bill on criminal prosecution for leaders of organized crime groups and participants of crime ‘conventions’ or other representatives of this kind of communities.

According to RBC, article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Creation of a Criminal Community (Criminal Organisation) and Participation Therein) is expected to be complemented.

If the bill is approved by parliamentarians, participants of a ‘convention’ of representatives of organized crime groups are going to face from 12 to 20 years of imprisonment and a million rubles ($66 thousand) fine - or income of a convicted for 5 years.

Besides that, representatives of a higher hierarchy of the criminal world (‘thieves in law’) will face from 8 till 15 years in jail and a 5 million rubles ($334 thousand) fine.

This kind of measure of restraint was implemented in Georgia in 2005, when Mikhail Saakashvili was the country’s President. Membership in a ‘thieves in law’ community shall be punishable by a 5-8 years’ sentence with 10 years being a maximum term for ‘thieves in law’ there.

A year ago, Georgia’s parliament introduced a package of bills related to hardening of measure of restraint for ‘thieves in law’ and representatives of the criminal world.

Support of a ‘thieves in law’ community could be criminally liable, as well. Besides that, article on seeking a thief’s assistance or contacting a ‘thief’ with the purpose of illegally putting pressure on someone is going to be included in the Criminal Code. This kind of actions is going to be punishable even if the goal is not achieved.

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