State Duma allows imprisonment of thieves in law
The bill is aimed at improving the effectiveness of the fight against organized crime.
The State Duma has adopted on first reading the presidential bill allowing imprisonment of criminal group leaders.
The bill is aimed at improving the effectiveness of the fight against organized crime. For this purpose, it is proposed to supplement the Criminal Code with a new article 2101, “Taking up a higher position in the criminal hierarchy,” which provides for special responsibility for the criminal world leaders. As a punishment for the said act, their imprisonment for a term of 8 to 15 years with a fine of up to 5 million rubles ($76,325) is provided.
In addition, it is proposed to separate actions related to participation in meetings of organizers, leaders, or other representatives of criminal communities (criminal organizations) and/or organized groups in order to commit crimes. The punishment for these actions will be imprisonment for a term of 12 to 20 years with a fine of up to 1 million rubles ($15,265).
The bill also provides for increased criminal punishment for already existing elements of crimes. Along with this, it is proposed to amend the general part of the Russian Criminal Code, according to which persons holding a higher position in the criminal hierarchy cannot be assigned probation or punishment below the lower limit.
It concerns entrepreneur Dmitry Motorin, Boris Usherovich, a co-owner of the Group of Companies 1520, and Novoe Vremya board member, Ivan Stankevich. Motorin is accused of giving a bribe on an especially large scale, and Stankevich and Usherovich are charged with bribe-taking.
This week, the judicial debates in the trial of Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin charged with creation of Tambovskie organized criminal group have been finished in the Kuibyshevsky District Court of St. Petersburg. If the court upholds the stance of the state prosecution, the once-influential criminal ‘authority’ may be convicted to almost 25 years behind bars. In reality, this translates into a life term for the legend of criminal St. Petersburg.