According to the draft of new amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, malicious evasion from registering organizations as foreign agents, as well as refusal to label their products accordingly, may result in a fine of hundreds of thousands of rubles and imprisonment for up to five years. One of the authors of the amendments, the head of the Federation Council Commission for the Protection of State Sovereignty and Prevention of Interference in the Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Andrei Klimov, told about this to Parlamentskaya Gazeta.
On December 11, a draft amendment to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, prepared by a group of senators and deputies, was submitted to the State Duma. For the first time, criminal punishment is introduced for malicious violation of the legislation of the Russian Federation by organizations recognized as foreign agents in our country.
As Andrei Klimov explained, we are talking about malicious evasion from the provision of documents for inclusion of an organization in the register of foreign agents, as well as for violation of the procedure for the activities of a media foreign agent or a Russian legal entity established by him in terms of labeling its products.
For such acts, it is proposed to punish either with a fine of up to three hundred thousand rubles or in the amount of the convicted person's income for two years, or compulsory labor for up to 480 hours, or correctional labor for up to two years, or imprisonment for the same period.
For the same crimes committed by persons engaged in collecting information of a military and military-technical nature in Russia, the maximum term of imprisonment or correctional labor will increase to five years.
The senator stressed that criminal liability is introduced only for malicious violation of Russian law. He explained that if the organization ignored the notification of the state agency about the mandatory registration as a foreign agent for the first time, then an administrative fine will be applied to an NGO or an individual (the minimum fine is 2,500 rubles for an individual). If the organization repeatedly ignores such a requirement, then the persons are proposed to be prosecuted.