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Russian PM says practice of arresting businessmen during investigation must be restricted

April 17, 13:25 UTC+3

Deprivation of freedom must be a very rare punishment, Dmitry Medvedev said

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MOSCOW, April 17. /TASS/. The practice of remanding businessmen in custody during investigation must be restricted and used rarely as an extreme measure, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the State Duma on Wednesday.

"Business crimes-related legislation must continue to be perfected. I’m referring to criminal and criminal procedure legislation. The president voiced such an instruction in his message to the Federal Assembly. Obviously, remanding those suspected of economic crimes in custody during investigation must be a special, extreme measure," he said.

Medvedev believes that a different approach should be applied to businessmen.

"In general, the deprivation of freedom must be a very rare punishment. It will be far more effective to use heavy fines, administrative sanctions and compensation for losses through civil litigation," he said.

Medvedev believes that the current Administrative Code is too clumsy. The concept of a new code will be drafted to improve business conditions, he promised.

"The concept of a new Code of Administrative Offences will be drafted on my instructions in the near future," Medvedev said.

"Businessmen have no time to realize what is it they have violated this time." A new code must be concise, logical and clear, he added.

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