Putin discourages hard drive seizures during searches

Putin discourages hard drive seizures during searches
Vladimir Putin

The Russian President has repeatedly stressed the need to reduce the pressure of law enforcement agencies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said law must prohibit seizures of hard drives during searches speaking at a meeting in the Amur region. According to the President, the actions lead to a complete work stoppage in the enterprises subject to the searches.

He added that the firms are not even able to pay taxes being deprived of their data. Putin also said that businessmen should not be detained if they are not being actively prosecuted.

According to him, "the Supreme Court and the Prosecutor General's Office should work on this and, if necessary, amend the law." "The decisions must be taken promptly," Putin said.

The Russian President has repeatedly stressed the need to reduce the pressure of law enforcement agencies and deliver non-custodial verdicts to entrepreneurs.

Since 2012, when Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia for the third time, the number of criminal cases and arrests of entrepreneurs has increased by 70 percent, Vedomosti wrote.

Computers and hard drives are often seized from opposition political organizations and activists. For instance, the police seized computers during a search at Alexey Navalny’s office in Krasnoyarsk in June 2017.

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