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16 March 2016

A bill that would penalize the sale of sanctioned food products with a fine of up to 1 million rubles again reaches the State Duma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia

The document can be accessed here on the website of the Rusian parliament's lower house.

Sergey Karginov and Ivan Sukharev, members of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party and authors of the bill, are advocating the addition of a new article to the Codex of Administrative Offenses. According to the document, fines for the discovery of products listed under the embargo are from 50 thousand to 100 thousand rubles for official entities, 100 thousand rubles to 300 thousand ruble fines for individuals engaged in entrepreneurial activities without legal registration. For legal entities, 500 thousand rubles to 1 million rubles fines are possible or 90 days in jail. The article also entails the confiscation of goods.

"Establishing a ban on imports of said products, raw materials and foodstuffs excludes the possibility of their further turnover in Russia. However, despite all efforts, trade of these goods continues on Russian territory," according to a memorandum of the bill.

Karginov, Sukharev and Kirill Cherkasov sent a similar proposal for review to the State Duma in August of last year. However, the government initiative was not supported because, as an addition to the Tade Act, it did not apply to the subject of legal regulation.

Restrictions on a number of products, originating from countries that support anti-Russian sanctions, were banned during the summer of 2014. Russian sanctions apply to the US, Canada, Australia, countries of the European Union, Norway, Albania, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Montenegro. The food embargo was Russia's response to the West's sanctions against it, carried out in the spring of 2014 following Russia's annexation of Crimea and the embroiled situation in eastern Ukraine. As of August 6, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that contraband would be destroyed if it entered Russian territory. On January 1, 2016, bans prohibiting Turkish and Ukrainian food products went into effect.

FruitNews article (Russian): http://www.fruitnews.ru/state-news/116-russia/45878-zakonoproekt-ob-otvetstvennosti-za-prodazhu-sanktsionnykh-produktov-vnov-vnesen-v-gosdumu.html
Source: http://lenta.ru/news/2016/03/14/sanctions/

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