Lawmakers from Russia’s city of Perm have submitted a bill to the State Duma to increase fines for unlicensed trade of alcohol, RIA Novosti reported on Thursday (July 7).
The current penalties for this crime include fines of up to 2,500 rubles ($39) for individuals and up to 5,000 rubles ($77) for officials with confiscation of goods manufactured, instruments of production and materials. Such penalties are minor, according to the bill’s authors.
The bill also proposes to authorize police to draw up protocols on administrative offences. Currently, police officers are not empowered to execute this work; and this fact makes it difficult to take administrative action against violators efficiently.
Amendments are aimed to timely bringing offenders to administrative responsibility and increasing budget revenues at all levels.