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The State Duma approved in the first reading of a scandalous governmental bill, which obliges the banks to pass to the taxation services the information about the accounts and deposits of physical persons. Already now the bill raised many disputes and criticism. The opponents of the document affirm that the bill runs counter to the Russian Constitution and are concerned that the whole banking information, which constitutes the secret, will turn out to be in the free sale.
The bill approved in the first reading turned out to be voluminous and introduces amendments in several effective laws, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily noted. For instance, the law on search activities is added by the provisions, which permit authorized agencies to get the access to the information, which contains the banking secret, before opening a criminal case. This also concerns the information about the accounts and deposits of physical persons. Respectively, the banks are to produce this information under the threat of serious fines and the revocation of a license. The restrictive instrument is included in the bill in the way of a court verdict and this is a good piece of news. But a bad piece of news is that the document does not oblige anyone to notify the owners of the accounts and deposits about a court session.
“Certainly, this is a direct violation of the Constitution,” Director of the Banking Institute Vasily Solodkov told the Novye Izvestia daily over the bill. “But the point is not only in this. If the information about all accounts of Russian citizens is getting in any state agencies, this means that tomorrow we will see them on the CDs in sale or this information will be sold freely in the Internet. When actually unqualified people are elected in the State Duma and they do not understand what they should do, we get such laws,” he said. In the view of the expert, all amendments, which have passed through the State Duma in the last few years, “are seeking to turn the country in a police-run state.” “From the point of view of the state authorities, you should be naked and unclothed for them, so that they could read you like a book,” Solodkov stated.
Human rights activist Valery Borshchev noted that this information is spreading very easily, and finally the criminals can take advantage of it. He recalled the secret of deposits was initially declared in the forming of the banking system in Russia.