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Fighting corruption can be a criminal offense in Russia

Author : Dmitry Gudkov

23:17, 15 May 2018

Fighting corruption can be a criminal offense in Russia

Author : Dmitry Gudkov

Russian politician and opposition leader Gudkov on the new threatening bill

23:17, 15 May 2018

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Russia has published a bill that makes the fight against corruption a criminal offense.

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"The commission by the citizen of the Russian Federation of deliberate acts conducive to the introduction by foreign states, alliance of foreign states or international organizations of restrictive measures against Russian private and public entities, as well as those controlled by them, including by providing recommendations and conveying information that led or could lead to the introduction of restrictive measures against Russian private and public entities, as well as those controlled by them, is punishable by a fine of up to 8,095 U.S. dollars or in the amount of the salary or other income of the convicted person for a period of up to three years, or restriction of freedom for up to three years, or forced labor for up to three years, or arrest for up to six months, or deprivation of liberty for a term of up to three years with a fine of up to 3,238 U.S. dollars or in the amount of the salary or other income of the convicted person for a period of up to one year or without it."

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What does it mean? There will be no more investigations, otherwise, you might face trial and prison. Golden pretzels? Pekhting? (an expression that means scandals associated with the high-ranking officials who violate the law requirements associated with their status. “Pekhting” comes from the name of the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Vladimir Pekhtin, who resigned from the State Duma in February 2013, following revelations that he owned over $1.3 million in Florida real estate, - Ed.) Magnitsky case? Chaika? Medvedev? Prigogine? Everything is criminally punishable now.

Briefly, you cannot write about criminals in power anymore. After all, such information "can lead" to sanctions. What kind of information? Any information.

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The bill is intentionally written in such a way that it does not contain any legally correct wording. "Can lead" is just a concept, not a law. "Including" might mean anything. "Contributing to the introduction" is something improvable. Rather improvable anywhere except the Russian court.

Who is afraid of sanctions the most? Here are they, the authors of the bill: State Duma deputies V. Volodin, G. Zyuganov, V. Zhirinovsky, S. Neverov, S. Mironov, I, Melnikov, A. Zhukov, A. Isayev; member of the Federation Council V. Matvienko.

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