The President Of Russia Vladimir Putin
President Vladimir Putin will soon submit to the Duma amendments to tighten responsibility of law enforcement officers for unlawful pursuit of business. This is stated in the message published on the official Kremlin website. The issue was discussed at the meeting of the working group on monitoring and analysis of law enforcement practice in the field of entrepreneurship under the chairmanship of Sergey Ivanov.
“The proposed changes to the legislation will eliminate the possibility of pressure on the business through the mechanism of criminal prosecution… it is Expected that in the near future the President will submit a bill to the State Duma,” — said the press service.
Earlier developed by the amendments, told the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. According to him, they were prepared on the instructions of Putin, which he made following the St Petersburg economic forum. The press Secretary said that, in the opinion of the authors of the amendments, they will have a positive impact on the state business climate.
According to the results of the meeting, amendments be made to article 299 of the Criminal code of the Russian Federation (attraction obviously innocent to criminal responsibility). The maximum punishment provided by the first part, it is proposed to increase from five to seven years. Increased responsibility, according to the second part of the article comes in case if the person was illegally accused of committing a grave, especially grave crimes, or acts, with damage of more than 1.5 million rubles.
Amendments to the third part of the punishment from five till ten years of imprisonment, if criminal proceedings were instituted to deter entrepreneurial activity, or for mercenary or other personal interest and led to the termination of business activities.
It is also proposed to amend article 151 of the Criminal procedure code of the Russian Federation. According to the amendments, a preliminary investigation on Affairs about the crimes provided by article 169 of the criminal code (hindrance to legal entrepreneurial and other activities) will be transmitted to the investigators of the Investigative Committee of Russia. Now, their investigation involved the investigators of the internal Affairs bodies.