Russian MPs back punishment for organization of illegal migration
MOSCOW, May 15 (RAPSI) – The State Duma adopted in the first reading on Wednesday a bill fixing penalties for organizing and implication in illegal obtaining by foreign citizens and stateless persons of documents required for entrance and stay in Russia.
Amendments have been proposed to Russia’s Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes by the Moscow City Duma lawmakers.
Under the bill, complicity in illegal receipt of documents for migrants would be punishable by fines of up to 200,000 rubles (over $3,000), community service or prison terms of up to 3 years.
Organization of illegal migration with the use of job position is supposed to be punished with prison sentence of up to 7 years with fines of up to 500,000 rubles (about $8,000) and further restriction of freedom for up to 2 years.
Current legislation significantly complicates criminal prosecution of people carrying out intermediary functions in illegal obtaining of documents for migrants’ entry and stay in the Russian Federation as well as transit passage via the territory of the country, according to the Moscow City Duma commissioner of security Inna Svyatenko.
The bill would let bring chiefs and employees of private companies engaged in accessory in illegal obtaining of documents by migrants under the pretense of advisory services to responsibility.