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MOSCOW, December 26 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s Federation Council has voted for a future law tightening punishment for those responsible for organizing illegal migration. The State Duma approved of the bill on December 21. Now it will be submitted to the Russian president for signature.
At present the organizers of illegal migration may get a fine, corrective public works, or a prison term of up to five years.
In the meantime, the number of instances of organized illegal migration keeps growing. In 2006 the Federal Migration Service initiated 228 cases, and in 2011, 385.
Under the yet-to-be adopted law the maximum fine for this type of crime is going up from 200,000 rubles to 300,000 rubles, and of the prison term, from two to five years, and to seven years if the crime has been committed by an organized group. The duration of corrective public works is be increased considerably.