Sanctions products in Russia may be under criminal prohibition. Yevgeny Fyodorov, the State Duma deputy from the United Russia party, spoke with the initiative to equate the importation of products from the sanctions list to smuggling and to introduce criminal penalties for it. The deputy is preparing the corresponding bill for consideration at the autumn session, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the Russian media.
Due to the lack of criminal responsibility for the importation of such products, some businesses can bypass the decree, according to Fedorov. He plans to integrate the regulation on smuggling of prohibited food for import to the article of the Criminal Code ‘ On Smuggling of alcohol and (or) tobacco products.’ As a punishment this article assumes heavy fines and imprisonment for up to 12 years.
“This provision will not be aimed at tourists, exporting products in hand luggage in allowed amount. Many of them may not even know the full range of sanctions products. We are talking exclusively about the mass transfers,” said the Russian legislator.
In addition, for the disposal of sanctions products by ‘eating’ the officials will be prosecuted under criminal article ‘Negligence.’
It should be noted that the decree on destruction of food products prohibited for import into the territory of the Russian Federation has entered into force today.