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Russian government seeking tougher penalties for trade in illegal timber

December 20, 2013, 2:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 20, 2:39 /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian government has drawn a bill proposing tougher penalties for the turnover of illegal timber.

"There are many problems in this sector." Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a cabinet meeting on Thursday. "Tougher responsibility won't hurt here. The penalties for this offense will range from fines to prison terms."

The measure adds an extra article to the Criminal Code envisioning criminal liability for the turnover of timber which goes on sale despite the fact that it was produced with breaches of regulations.

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