MOSCOW, April 17 (RAPSI) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in the State Duma on Wednesday that businessmen charged with economic crimes should be placed in detention during investigation in special circumstances if there is no other way.

Moreover, he stated that imprisonment must be a quite rare kind of sentence. According to Medvedev, substantial fines, other administrative sanctions and recovery of damages in civil proceedings are more efficient in such cases. 

He also pointed the necessity of the creation of favorable conditions for return of businesses to the Russian jurisdiction.

The Prime Minister also suggested to update currency legislation and decriminalize evading refund during export operations and added that a relevant bill would be drafted soon. However, Medvedev believes that funds withdrawal and concealment of property abroad by businesspersons must be punished harsher.