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Law on toughening responsibility for prosecuting knowingly innocent persons

December 20, 2016

Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law On Amendments to Article 299 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and Article 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation.

The Federal Law is aimed at increasing responsibility for instituting criminal proceedings against a person known to be innocent. Thus, maximum punishment for this crime shall increase from five to seven years in prison, or up to ten years in prison if the person was accused of grave or extremely grave crime, or the indictment led to severe consequences.

The same punishment is envisaged for illegal prosecution with the aim of obstructing business activities or if the crime was committed in order to benefit personally.

December 20, 2016