MOSCOW, September 29 (RAPSI) - Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, may approve in October amendments to the federal law allowing Russian nationals who claim damage due to unjust decisions passed by foreign courts to apply for compensation, Kommersant newspaper reported on Monday.
Russian nationals, whose assets were seized by a foreign court, would reportedly have an opportunity to appeal to a Russian court for compensation from public funds.
Foreign assets, including property which is deemed to be immune from seizure, located in Russia may be subject to forfeiture as a means of fundraising, according to Kommersant.
The bill was submitted to the State Duma by Vladimir Ponevezhsky, a State Duma representative in the Supreme Court and a United Russia member, on September 23. The next day, chairman of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin forwarded the bill to the Committee on Constitutional Legislation. The committee is expected to provide its resolution by September 30.
The State Duma is expected to consider the bill in the first reading on October 7.
The bill might have been agreed to with the Kremlin, hence the prompt discussion in the Duma, according to Kommersant.