Duma toughens responsibility for the recruitment of terrorists up to life imprisonment

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. The state Duma at additional plenary session on Thursday adopted in the first reading a bill toughening criminal liability for recruitment into the ranks of the terrorists up to life imprisonment. The initiative was developed and submitted to the chamber first Deputy head of the faction “United Russia”, Adalbi Shkhagoshev.

MPs make amendments to article 205.1 (“Assistance of terrorist activity”) of the Criminal code (criminal code), to increase the liability for financing of terrorism, as well as for the declination, recruitment or other involving of the person in the Commission of at least one of the crimes provided by articles of the criminal code on terrorism. Under the bill, these crimes shall be punished by deprivation of liberty for a term from 8 to 20 years with a fine in the amount from 300 thousand to 700 thousand rubles or imprisonment for life. Under the current version, the maximum penalty for the crimes of recruiters provides up to 10 years in prison.

In the explanatory note the author stresses that the initiative is aimed at strengthening the fight against terrorist recruitment in General. According to the Deputy, “terrorism has become a very profitable business on a global scale with a strong labor market and capital, with its rules and morals, are not compatible with any universal human and democratic values.” “It is unacceptable that every day around the world recruitment are exposed to more than one thousand people”, – said Shhagoshev. He added that the recruitment of the attack can be, every person, regardless of age, gender and social status.

The MP also believes existing in the criminal code sanctions commensurate with the gravity of the crimes. “A terrorist can commit a terrorist attack, and the recruiter prepares dozens of terrorists. Current punishment for this crime is not comparable [to the offense],” said he.