Criminal liability for compliance with sanctions will have to wait until next spring
According to “Kommersant”, the bill on criminal responsibility for observance of anti-Russian sanctions may be deferred to the spring session of the Duma 2019.
On 10 July, after the Council of the Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that the deputies “have adjusted their opinion” and criminal liability for business can be replaced by administrative or even excluded from the bill. However, he “did not rule out that this draft law could be considered by the state Duma before the end of the spring session ending in late July.”
This wording is used all the news. The interlocutor of “Kommersant” in the state Duma says that, most likely, it was about the spring session of 2019. In the Duma Committee on legislation and state construction, which should prepare the draft for the second reading, told “Kommersant” that this week the Committee to submit the draft to a plenary meeting was not planned. July 18 scheduled regular meeting of the Committee, but decisions about whether the initiative was discussed, yet.
After may 15, the bill was passed in the first reading, the RSPP adopted a tough statement demanding to avoid criminal prosecution for economic activity. The deputies promised to adjust the project to the second reading. 1.
On 4 June, “Kommersant” wrote that the new version of the project Vyacheslav Volodin will present at the next meeting of the Council on lawmaking, but it is not assigned. It is possible that the delay may be related to the upcoming July 16 in Helsinki, the meeting between Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald trump.