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Russian Law: Parliament in Action
June 19, 2013 10:16

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1.   No more shooting stars

MPs have had enough of people using their firearms in public. From now on, shooting without a reason in urban areas will set you back 50,000 roubles, or $1,700. You will lose your pistol and spare rounds.

But the fine is set to double if you misbehaved in a state of alcoholic or narcotic intoxication.

The new amendments into the Code of Administrative Offenses will apply both to firearms and non-lethal guns.

2.   Follow-up on gay propaganda law

The Russian parliament has introduced a ban on adoptions of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples.

The move comes after several European countries, and France in particular, have legalized same-sex marriages.

A French delegation recently visited Moscow to discuss a possible ban.

3.   Bribes +

The Russian Supreme Court has issued what will be studied as a definition of a bribe to aid the law enforcement in the drive against widespread graft.

The court draws a line between soliciting a bribe and being provoked or forced to accept by the too diligent police.

Doctors and teachers being presented with chocolate boxes and money after successful treatment, surgeries or exams shall not qualify as bribe-takers.

But officials involved in kickbacks schemes shall pay double – the Supreme Court believes they shall be charged not just with bribery, but with embezzlement, too. But the second charge shall be applied only in cases when the price of the contract was put too high.

The final judgment of the Supreme Court got a mixed response by experts, pointing out that the devil is in the enforcement part of the law.  

Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: bribery in Russia gay propaganda law Dima Yakovlev Law Parliament in Action  

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