Bastrykin proposed to introduce confiscation of property of corrupt officials in the Criminal Code

According to the chairman of the UK, this approach is the most effective and fair means that meets the expectations of citizens and entrepreneurs

It is necessary to introduce confiscation of property into the Criminal Code of Russia as a punishment for officials convicted of corruption. This was stated in an interview with TASS by the chairman of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin.

“I believe that there is a need to introduce full-fledged confiscation of property into the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation as a punishment for persons who have committed corruption crimes,” — he said.

According to him, such an approach will be the most effective and fair means that meets the expectations of citizens and the interests of conscientious entrepreneurs.

The Chairman of the Investigative Committee has already spoken several times about the need to return to the Criminal Code the article on the confiscation of the property of corrupt officials. In July 2019, he took the initiative to amend Art. 44 of the Criminal Code (types of punishments). Now, in addition to a fine, deprivation of the right to hold certain positions, compulsory and corrective labor, as well as restriction of freedom and arrest, it, in particular, provides for life imprisonment and the death penalty (the latter has been subject to a moratorium by the Constitutional Court since 1999).

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Confiscation of property as a form of punishment existed in the country's Criminal Code until 2003 (art. 52, which has become invalid). This measure was introduced there in accordance with the provisions of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which assumed that everyone could lose their property if it was acquired by criminal means. Now the Russian Criminal Code provides for the confiscation of property (Article 104.1 of the Criminal Code) if it was obtained as a result of certain crimes, such as murder, human trafficking, slave labor or bribery.

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