MOSCOW, January 26. The head of the presidential administration of Russia Sergey Ivanov considers populism arguments about the prohibition to the relatives of the officials to do business. “I think this is a populism”, – Ivanov said to journalists, commenting on this idea.
“How and on what grounds to forbid the family member of a person to engage in legitimate activities?… In addition, there is such a thing as the Constitution of the Russian Federation. On what basis are we going to forbid (doing business relatives of officials)?” – said Ivanov.
The liberal democratic party introduced a bill to ban doing business spouses of officials
Deputies of the LDPR faction headed by its leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky made on 12 January on the state Duma a draft law prohibiting the conduct of business activity spouse and adult children of civil servants of the Russian Federation. The liberal Democrats proposed to amend the law “On combating corruption” and to add a new provision under which “spouses and adult children of persons holding state positions of the Russian Federation, may not engage in entrepreneurial activity and (or) participate in the management of the entity”.
At the same time the head of the legal service of the CPRF, the Deputy Vadim Solovyov in the Duma introduced a bill prohibiting close relatives of officials to engage in entrepreneurial activities.