State Duma allows imprisonment of thieves in law

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.

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