New 'antiterrorist' package of bills submitted to Duma

A package of bills aimed at stepping up measures against terrorism has been submitted to the State Duma.

A package of bills aimed at stepping up measures against terrorism has been submitted to the State Duma.

"In line with Article 104 of the Russian Constitution, we are submitting a federal bill 'On amending some regulations of the Russian Federation' to the State Duma for consideration," says a letter to Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin posted on the Duma website.

The letter says the adoption of the document will not require the amendment of the state's financial obligations.

The authors of the bill include State Duma security committee head Irina Yarovaya, deputy committee head Andrei Lugovoi, and some other parliamentarians.

The package includes three bills in particular that were drawn up based on proposals from law enforcement agencies.

One of the bills concerns the Federal Security Service (FSB) activities, the second introduces additional measures to prevent the laundering of criminal proceeds and the financing of terrorism, and the third amends a number of regulations to streamline the exchange of information using communication networks.

In particular, the 'antiterrorist' package introduces administrative liability for the financing of terrorism in the form of a fine ranging from 1 to 60 million rubles for legal entities, or, as an alternative measure, the suspension of operations of a legal entity responsible for this offence for up to 90 days.

The bills also introduce control over electronic money transfers amounting to 100,000 rubles or more. If adopted, the legislation would stipulate that, in using an anonymous electronic payment option by a private person, the balance of electronic money at any moment cannot be higher than 5,000 rubles. The bill also fully bans anonymous electronic payments through trans-frontier money transfers.

Another regulation stipulates that hosting service providers that fail to notify the Federal Communications Oversight Service (Roscomnadzor) about starting information exchange operations online may be fined up to 200,000 rubles. Fines may also be imposed on hosting service providers refusing to store information, and individuals in this case would have to pay 3,000 to 5,000 rubles and legal entities between 100,000 and 200,000 rubles.

Amendments to the law 'On the Federal Security Service' also envision that individuals, their belongings, and individual transport vehicles and cargo can be inspected without a warrant.

The bills also introduced the description of a new crime defined as the organization of the commission of crimes of a terrorist orientation or the organization of financing for terrorism, which would carry between 15 and 20 years' imprisonment.

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