The Civic Chamber of Russia proposed to introduce criminal liability for selling banned food products


The first deputy chairman of the Civic Chamber Pavel Sychev sent a letter to the Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev and Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev to restrict the sale of banned agricultural products and foods from the United States and the European Union. It was also proposed to introduce criminal penalties for those who sell them.

Since August 2014, after the imposition of sanctions from the West, a ban on the import of a number of foods was imposed. The ban was amended and extended by government decree in June 2015.

At the same time, none of these documents established the ban on trade within the country. If the goods are smuggled into Russia, they can be sold without any penalty for the seller. For tightening of liability for selling banned products Sychev proposes to introduce criminal liability for businesses and individuals, says the “Izvestia” newspaper.

He also points out that during the raids organized by the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation a large number of banned foods was discovered available for sale in the largest supermarket networks, in major food markets, and on Internet sites. At the same time, according to the Federal Customs Service only 9 criminal cases for food smuggling were filed in February 2015.