Russian lawmaker proposes 20-year prison confinement for corruption

The head of the State Duma's security and anti-corruption committee, Irina Yarovaya, has proposed tightening liability for corruption.

"We will propose new counts related to corruption, to include failure to fulfill municipal, state and defense orders, and misappropriation of state and municipal resources, in addition to the ones already in effect, and liability for them will be tighter than liability for economic crimes. The lower threshold must be introduced for them, while sanctions should be increased to 20 years in jail," she told the press.

Yarovaya proposed that crimes related to corruption should be qualified as crimes against the state authority.

"Section 10 of the Criminal Code on crimes against the state authority should be supplemented with new counts in addition to abuse of office, misspending, bribery, fraud, etc.," Yarovaya said.

Also, prosecutors' offices should be given powers to initiate seizures of property "if inquiries uncover that the property was obtained in a corrupt transaction," she said.

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