The state Duma refused to ban officials from having property abroad


The deviation

The Duma Committee for security and combating corruption will not recommend the adoption of the bill of the Communist Valery Rashkin (CPRF), banning Russian civil servants have a property outside of the country. As told by two sources in the Committee, the document prepared Rashkin negative review with a recommendation to reject.

A bill providing for a revision of the law “On combating corruption”, included in the agenda of the Committee on Thursday, December 8. The document was submitted by a group of deputies headed Rashkin 16 Oct 2014 more than two years spent in the relevant Committee for security and combating corruption.

In addition to bill Rashkin recommended for refusal similar in fact the document submitted in June last year, the legislative Assembly of the Jewish Autonomous region. It proposes amendments in the law “On combating corruption” with identical wording to ban officials to have “real property abroad”.

He wants to ban Rashkin

Communist suggests to forbid to have property abroad are officials, deputies, senators, Deputy attorney General, members of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank, the governors, including their close relatives. Now these categories of civil servants can open accounts and deposits abroad, store cash and values in foreign banks outside of Russia and use foreign financial instruments.

In addition, the Communist proposes to expand the circle of those, who are not allowed to have a house abroad: according to Rashkin, the right to own property abroad need to limit spouses and minor children of officials and parliamentarians.

Rashkin all Wednesday did not respond to calls . “No castles in Switzerland and apartments in Paris, from civil servants should not be. At least as long as every third Russian lives below the poverty line”, — said previously he.

Ordered the MP in his bill and the penalties for failure to perform his proposed ban: officials who have found a property abroad would have to resign.

Limitations considered excessive

Amendments Rashkin is beyond the scope of the law “On combating corruption”, said the Deputy head of the Duma Committee on security Anatoly Vyborny (“United Russia”). “This is the first reason why this legislative initiative seems to me extremely doubtful,” he said.

According to the Elected, Russian officials are showing “sufficient transparency” in matters of “declaring their income and expenses, as well as movable and immovable property”, therefore, “not only in Russia but also abroad, eliminating the need for excessive restrictions.” “It’s one thing when a person holds money or value overseas and the ultimate beneficiary is not always possible to see, and another thing — the real estate and so is subject to mandatory registration,” he added.

United Russia is sure that the current norms of the law “On combating corruption” is enough to prove (and punish) the official, if it turns out that he is living beyond its means.

Elected agree with his colleague on the Committee and faction Anton Guetta. “Excessive restrictions can scare away conscientious civil servants”, he said .

Tired to ban

Among civil servants or their relatives, who in the declarations specified foreign property, earlier mentioned, spouse a press-the Secretary of President Dmitry Peskov, Tatiana Navka, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, the families of the deputies Andrei Makarov (“United Russia”) and Valery Hartung (“Fair Russia”).

Hartung confirmed that his wife has a property outside of Russia. The idea of the MP Rashkin called “stupid”. “If we speak about fight against corruption, what does buying the property for money, which honestly earn that specified in the Declaration, and from which they paid all the taxes? If there are issues with proving income is another matter, but why should not be allowed to spend honestly earned money?” — the Deputy was indignant.

In the case of bill Rashkin and similar document of the Jewish Autonomous oblast United Russia, it became obvious that “there is no need to continue the policy of prohibition”, said political analyst Igor Bunin. “It is clear that to undo what was naturedly before too afraid, but the new bans will not be”, — he stressed. He recalled that recently in the work of parliamentarians has changed and the official rhetoric began to speak about necessity of reboot of relations with the West and “building bridges”.

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