"Red-Book" species will try to protect the new law


A law has been officially published to tighten liability for illegal extraction and trafficking of animal objects included in the Red Book. Thus, the changes will enter into force on October, 27.

President Vladimir Putin signed the federal law "On Amendments to Article 258.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation."

The amendments were prepared by the Government. Their purpose is to strengthen criminal liability for illegal extraction and trafficking of particularly valuable wild animals and aquatic biological resources belonging to species listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation and (or) protected international treaties of Russia.

The new law provides for a one-year increase in the maximum period of forced labour and imprisonment for crimes in this area.

The acts provided for in this article are proposed to be classified as moderate and serious crimes, which will correspond to the nature and degree of their social danger and will allow to carry out a full range of operational and search measures, as well as if necessary to choose a preventive measure in the form of detention.

Special responsibility threatens not only officials, but also all those who have attacked "red-book" species using official position. As yet, the current wording does not allow for the prosecution of persons who have used an official position but do not apply to officials. For example, workers of reserves, wildlife areas, the scientific organizations, hunting farms, it was told in the explanatory note to the bill.

Amendments are made to parts 3 and 3.1 of article 258.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: they are supplemented by a new qualifying sign - the commission of an offence by a group of persons by prior agreement.