The Federation Council of Russia has adopted a bill on toughening criminal responsibility with regard to crime lords, the Moscow bureau of ONA reports.
According to the bill, those who create or head organized criminal gangs will face imprisonment for 12 to 20 years along with a fine of 5 million rubles (about $77,000).
Penalties for participation in the gatherings of crime lords have also been toughened. Thus, such a crime will entail imprisonment for 12 to 20 years and a fine of 1 million rubles (about $15,000).
Also, those carrying the name of “crime lord” will face imprisonment for 8 to 15 years along with a fine of 5 million rubles (about $77,000).
The new law also cancels the conditional imprisonment for crime lords.
Meanwhile, those who previously participated in organized crime gangs, but left them and cooperated with the police will be exempted from the criminal responsibility.
The bill will come into force after it is signed by the Russian president.