Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia: Amendments to Criminal Code: Charges Of Slander Decriminalized

Posted by Info on 08/06/2011

Set of amendments to the Criminal Code contains new forms of punishment, while reducing charges of slander – once a criminal offense – to a civil offence.

The draft law includes a number of novelties and deserves attention as it makes the criminal law more up to date, gets rid of obsolete norms that were passing from one code to another but were never observed, eliminates contradictions and introduces a new form of punishment – forced labor, which may be set for a period from 2 to 5 years; and punitive labor, which requires the convicted party to continue with his civilian job, while the wages are paid to the state as a fine or to the victim as compensation.
Moreover the bill establishes new penalties for petty economic crimes and crimes related to drug trafficking.

The list of such actions pertain to libel, including cases of libeling judges involved in court cases, as well as non-qualified actions that do not cause grave consequences.

The new bill provides that the court could order the convict to undergo compulsory treatment for drug addiction, which allows for the suspension of punishment until the treatment is completed.

For economic crimes, a fine of five times the inflicted damage will serve in place of other forms of punishment.


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