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Experts – about the partial liberalization of the Criminal Code

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The business and expert community is counting on finalizing the project of the Ministry of Justice. “There is a whole group of offenses in the Criminal Code and a group of offenses in the Code of Administrative Offenses, which actually describe the same actions (they only qualify them differently). These are, for example, article 146 of the Criminal Code (“Infringement of copyright and related rights”), article 147 (“Infringement of invention and patent rights”), article 171 (“Illegal entrepreneurship”), article 180 (“Illegal use of means of individualization of goods”). Such violations should remain only in the Code of Administrative Offenses and be subject to exclusively economic punishment, for example, in the form of a fine,” notes Business Ombudsman Boris Titov. The choice of offenses for which the Ministry of Justice proposes to raise the threshold for prosecution also did not find understanding in the business community. “It is interesting that the ministry raised the thresholds of responsibility for parts 5–7 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, which are already extremely rarely used in practice. The most common are the parts ….

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