“Kommersant”: Cabinet approves dismissal of criminal cases when paying tax debts
MOSCOW, February 21 – RIA Novosti. The government commission approved amendments to the Russian Criminal Code, which should exclude criminal prosecution if the entrepreneur has fully paid his tax debts and penalties, writer The Kommersant newspaper cites a source from the government.
According to the publication, the changes oblige the authorities to make a decision to refuse to file a criminal case or end the case if the entrepreneur comes out of the shadows and fulfills all tax obligations.
Also, according to the newspaper, prosecution periods for tax evasion should be reduced from ten to six years.
In early February last year, Ekaterina Avdeyeva, head of the Delovaya Rossiya expert center for criminal law policy and enforcement of judicial proceedings, raised the relevant issue at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. In April, Putin, with Delovaya Rossiya in attendance, instructed the government, the Supreme Court, the Attorney General’s Office, the Investigative Committee and the presidential administration to look into the matter.
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