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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants decriminalization of punishments for cartels - RIA Novosti, 8/16/2018


MOSCOW, 16 Aug — RIA Novosti. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia (Chamber of Commerce and Industry) suggests to decriminalize the crimes connected with the conclusion of cartel agreements or at least to raise a threshold of damage to criminal prosecution, the head of chamber Sergey Katyrin.© Foto has reported to RIA Novosti: Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation In Moscow area have initiated more than 200 proceedings on cartel conspiracies "Experts of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation consider that illegal activities for the conclusion of cartel agreements (article 178 Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) need decriminalization. She can be effectively stopped by establishment of economic sanctions which essential size has to make cartel unprofitable and provide the same level of control of violations, as imprisonment" — the interlocutor of the agency considers. According to Katyrin, the economic priority in criminal policy has to help the state to compensate the harm done to national economy by the agreements limiting the competition. "From the working businessman it is possible to receive money more, than with serving sentence in jails" — he has explained. At the same time increase in thresholds of damage and income for criminal prosecution under article 178 Criminal Code of the Russian Federation can become an alternative to this offer. So, for fight against the most dangerous cartels and releases from under criminal liability of small and medium business in chamber suggest to establish as large income 500 million rubles, income in especially large size – 1 billion rubles. Now they make 50 million and 250 million respectively. Besides, as large damage it is offered to set a limit in 100 million rubles, especially large damage – 300 million rubles (today it is 10 and 30 million rubles respectively). "The course towards decriminalization of "economic" articles of the Criminal code is a consistent policy of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. We consider that the businessman has to be responsible for economic violations with money, but not freedom. Therefore we try to create all conditions for the transfer of the business conflicts to the administrative and arbitration planes" — Katyrin has concluded.

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