A draft on punishment for investigative actions from abroad was introduced to the State Duma

A bill on punishment for the illegal conduct of investigative actions in criminal cases inspired abroad on the territory of Russia has been submitted to the State Duma. About it reported Chairman of the Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption Vasily Piskarev in his Telegram channel.

The authors of the initiative, in addition to Piskarev, are deputies Andrei Kartapolov, Alexander Khinshtein, Rakhim Azimov, Ernest Valeev and others. Data on the introduction of the bill also appeared in the Duma electronic database. In the explanatory note it saysthat the proposed amendments are “similar to the norms of the so-called “blocking” legislation” of a number of foreign countries, including Switzerland and the United States.

The bill supplements the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation with a new article 294, which provides for a fine of 500,000 to 2 million rubles. or up to five years in prison for illegal investigative actions. If there are signs of espionage, “the sentence will be more severe,” Piskarev emphasized.

As Piskarev explained, illegal investigative actions mean collecting evidence, conducting operational search activities, interrogating Russians (including remote ones), obtaining fingerprints of citizens of the Russian Federation, etc. “All this poses a threat to the security of our citizens and the state, therefore should become a criminal offense,” the deputy said.

Announcing the introduction of the bill, Piskarev noted, that the initiative is aimed at protecting the sovereignty of Russia and is designed to protect citizens “from provocations of the intelligence services of unfriendly states.” As an example, he cited “encouraging Russians to testify in criminal cases inspired abroad and to travel abroad for their subsequent detention.”

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