The Supreme Court upheld the amendments on responsibility for the implementation of sanctions

Klishas: The Supreme Court supported the introduction of criminal penalties for the implementation of sanctions According to the initiative, liability will be provided, among other things, for refusing to work with Russian banks that have fallen under sanctions

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The Supreme Court upheld the amendments to the law on punishment for the implementation of sanctions on the territory of Russia, Andrey Klishas, ​​head of the Federation Council Committee on State Construction, said in Telegram.

“The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation supported our proposals on criminal liability for the implementation of sanctions on the territory of Russia”, wrote the senator.

Klishas previously reported that the amendments would be submitted to the State Duma on April 4. On March 14, the secretary of the General Council of the United Russia party announced the preparation of an appropriate initiative for the Criminal Code. Andrew Turchak. He noted that responsibility would be provided, among other things, for refusing to work with banks that fell under the restrictions.

According to Turchak, now there are cases when Russian companies, including those with state participation, refuse to work with sanctioned banks “under the pretext that they themselves risk falling under restrictions.” He also claims that some “unscrupulous competitors” actively urge not to work with companies under sanctions.

After the start of Russia's military special operation on the territory of Ukraine, Western countries, including the US and the EU, introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow. They affected both individuals and large industrial and financial organizations, as well as the reserves of the Central Bank. Russian banks also fell under various restrictions, among them — VTB, Sberbank, Otkritie, Sovcombank, Novikombank.

Amendments to the Criminal Code introducing responsibility for the development of sanctions by foreign states against Russia, as well as for the implementation of such sanctions, were submitted to the State Duma in 2018 . The authors of the initiative proposed punishing offenders with up to four years in prison or a fine of up to 600,000 rubles. In May of the same year, the amendments were adopted in the first reading, but business opposed them.

In early March of this year, President Vladimir Putin signed a law on administrative and criminal liability for calls for the introduction or extension of political and economic sanctions against Russia. Article 284.2 has been added to the Criminal Code. This article provides for punishment in the form of a fine of up to 500 thousand rubles, restriction of freedom for up to three years, arrest for up to six months, imprisonment for up to three years.

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