Putin signed into law on penalty for thieves in law

Putin signed into law on penalty for thieves in law
Vladimir Putin

The punishment for "occupying the highest position in the criminal hierarchy" provides from 8 to 15 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to 5 million rubles ($76.2 thousand).

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on criminal penalties for thieves in law. The document is published on the official portal of legal information.

The law, sponsored by Putin himself, introduces amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation. Criminal liability is introduced for the fact of Leadership in the Criminal Hierarchy (Art. 210.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The penalty for this is from 8 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to 5 million rubles ($76.2 thousand). Earlier, crime lords, being leaders of organized criminal groups, often avoided punishment, explained the State Duma.

Creation or management of a criminal community is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 12 to 20 years and a fine of up to 5 million rubles ($76.2 thousand), participation in “meetings of organized crime group leaders” is punishable by imprisonment of 12 to 20 years and a fine of up to 1 million rubles ($15.2 thousand).

Crimes committed by a “person of the highest position in the criminal hierarchy” will incur imprisonment from 15 to 20 years with a fine of up to 5 million rubles ($76.2 thousand). That said, persons that voluntarily withdrew from a criminal group and began to cooperate with the investigation, will be able to avoid criminal punishment.

The State Duma was considering the new bill on a priority basis. Tougher punishment for the leaders of crime groups was approved on March 14. On March 27, the law was approved by the Federation Council.

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