MOSCOW, May 24 (RAPSI) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill to the State Duma that would toughen criminal liability for corruption-related crimes, according to the Kremlin’s official website.
Under the bill, cases when people funnel money or property not directly to an official but to another individual or company on the official’s instruction would be regarded as crimes.
Criminal liability is proposed for commercial bribery mediation.
The bill in particularly introduces punishment for bribery in amount of up to 10,000 rubles ($150). According to the Kremlin, from 2012 to 2015, the overwhelming majority of corruption cases were opened over bribes not exceeding 10,000 rubles.
The draft law also toughens criminal penalty for minor corruption offences committed by a person who had been earlier convicted for such crimes. This measure is aimed to prevent repetition of crimes.
The legislation would boost efficiency of corruption-related crime prevention, according to an explanatory note to the bill.