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The Prosecutor General’s office asked lawmakers to support the introduction of the concept of non-material bribes in the penal code. Until that Russian legislation does not meet the requirements of the European Group of States against corruption
The Prosecutor General’s office appealed to the lawmakers to support the introduction in the criminal code the concept of non-material bribes. With this, at the meeting of the Council of legislators under Federal Assembly addressed the first Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia Alexander Buksman, reports TASS.
In particular, the prosecution proposes to include the instruction “receive services non-material nature” in article 204 (“Commercial bribery”) and item 290 of the criminal code (“Receiving bribe”). According to Buksman, the draft amendments to the criminal code were prepared according to the recommendations of the Group of States against corruption (GRECO). The project is already approved by the Duma Committee for security and counteraction, added the Deputy Prosecutor General. The project also envisages the criminalization of the abuse of power, and commercial bribery of arbitrators.
If at the legislative level is not entered punishment for non-material bribes, Russia will not be able to pass the test of the European Convention on criminal responsibility for corruption, said Buksman.
He noted that Russia needs to send the report to GRECO by 31 July. “We are in the third and fourth round of evaluation by the organization, and in the third round — for more than four years,” Buksman said at a meeting of the Board of legislators in the Tauride Palace in St. Petersburg. In these steps, GRECO checks the implementation of the recommendations on the criminalization of corruption.
Russia became a member of GRECO on 1 February 2007, by ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on criminal liability for corruption.