State Duma toughened punishment for leaders of organized crime groups

This law introduces criminal liability for faction leaders for “occupying a higher position in the criminal hierarchy.”
Deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the final reading a law that will toughen the punishment for the leaders of organized crime groups. The decision was made during the plenary session of the lower house of parliament.

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The law introduces criminal liability for faction leaders for “occupying a higher position in the criminal hierarchy.” They are punished with a prison term of 8 to 15 years with a possible maximum fine of up to five million rubles.

As specified in the explanatory note, the need for tougher punishment is due to the fact that the current legislation provides for punishment for such citizens for committing certain actions, and not for the fact of leadership, which often allows them to avoid responsibility.

A separate crime law makes participation in the meeting of representatives of criminal communities. As a punishment, imprisonment from 12 to 20 years with a fine of up to one million rubles is provided.

At the same time, for the very commission of a crime in organizing, directing or coordinating the activities of an organized criminal group, the fine is raised to five million rubles, with the term of imprisonment from 12 to 20 years remaining.

It also provides for an increase in fines that may be imposed along with imprisonment for a number of crimes. For example, its amount for participation in the criminal community when the law is adopted will be up to three million rubles (now up to 500 thousand). The terms of punishment for such a crime will also change – now they will be from 7 to 10 years (now from 5 to 10 years).

It also establishes the possibility of appointing the leaders of an organized criminal group a fine of up to five million rubles in addition to the punishment provided for by the law for creating a community, guiding them and coordinating their activities, as well as participating in a meeting with these goals.

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