In the Federation Council of the Russian Federation developed the bill proposes to introduce into the criminal and Criminal procedural codes to individual articles on the punishment for illegal production and trafficking of “gray” alcohol, as well as for the manufacture, sale and use of counterfeit excise stamps, the newspaper “Izvestia”.

In the near future the document will be sent for opinion to the Ministry of justice and the Supreme court (SC), and then on review in the government. In the state Duma it will be in November.

The authors of the bill consider it necessary to substantially increase the penalties for production and trafficking of illegal alcohol and to establish the responsibility of individuals for their marketing. This, in their view, will bring the market of alcohol from the shadows.

It is proposed to amend sanctions for the manufacture, sale, use of forged excise stamps, which penalty amount will be equal to the forgery of banknotes – the penalty can be up to 6 million rubles, and the maximum imprisonment is seven years.

The Federation Council also believe that the bill will attract additional incomes in the budget of about 180 billion (from excise duty and value added tax with products that would be legal).

The interviewed experts say that the implementation of the law will require the extension staff of the Ministry of interior or the creation of special departments for control in this area and identifying those offenses or rigid order for the “official figures” (the planning of the number of reported crimes).

Senators propose tougher penalties for counterfeiting excise stamps and turn “grey” alcohol 11.10.2016

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