MOSCOW, July 19. /TASS/. The state Duma meeting on Wednesday adopted in the third final reading the draft law on criminalization of so-called carousel in the elections.
Up to five years in prison
The law, which has been made by the deputies of the lower house Pavel Krasheninnikov and Viktor Pinsky, as well as a member of the Federation Council Andrei Klishas proposed to Supplement the criminal code a new article “Illegal issuance and receipt of the ballot, ballot for referendum,” the maximum penalty for which provides for up to 5 years imprisonment.
As explained by Pavel Krasheninnikov, the amendments to the criminal code stipulates that “for the issuance of a member of electoral Commission citizen of ballots for voting instead of other voters or voting more than two times during the voting or the results for completed ballots is punishable with a fine from 200 thousand to 500 thousand rubles or the salary or other income of a convict for a period from 18 months to 3 years, or compulsory works for a term up to 4 years or the maximum penalty is deprivation of liberty for a term up to 4 years.”
For obtaining citizen ballots for voting instead of other voters or to participate more than two times in the vote is sanctioned with a fine from 100 thousand to 300 thousand rubles or the salary or other income of a convict for a period from 1 year to 2 years, or compulsory works for a term up to 3 years or the maximum penalty is deprivation of liberty for a term up to 3 years.
In the case of the group nature of the crime or by prior arrangement is the maximum criminal liability – a fine of 400 thousand to 700 thousand rubles or the salary or other income of a convict for a period from 2 to 4 years, or obligatory works for the term up to 480 hours, or correctional labor for a term up to 2 years, or compulsory works for a term up to 5 years, or deprivation of liberty for a term up to 5 years.
The same penalties established for such violations during the voting in the referendum.
The fight against fraud
“The law is aimed at improving the fairness and transparency of the electoral process, fight against fraud,” said Krasheninnikov. According to him, the introduction of criminal liability in this area is a necessary measure.
“Electoral carousel” is a fraud, the consequences of which (depending on the level of elections) can influence the life of every citizen of the country, violating their constitutional rights. Therefore, to deal with such socially dangerous acts should dramatically,” – said the Deputy.
The head of the Committee did not rule out that the adopted law “can be applied in the fall, in the single voting day September 10, when elections will be held at various levels in almost all regions of the country.”