On 22/03/2023 Tatiana Tsepkina took part in the ordinary session of the Working Group on Criminal Procedure under the Public Commissioner for Protection of Rights of Entrepreneurs in the City of Moscow.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation, Protection of Business and several public associations, as well as a special expert speaker – Professor of the RANEPA University Alexander Opalsky.
Participants discussed the issues of law enforcement practice at the stage of initiation of criminal cases in the field of tax crimes under Articles 198-199.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and assessed the compliance of the provisions of Part 1.3 of Article 140 of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation with tax legislation. The legislative initiative to increase the maximum period of detention in accordance with Articles 91, 92 of the Criminal Procedure Code of to resolve the issue of bail was reviewed again. The Working Group was presented with an analysis of judicial practice on the consideration of complaints about the illegality of the transfer of the accused, convicted persons against whom a conviction has not entered into force, from one pre-trial detention center to another, which significantly complicates the implementation of the procedural rights of these persons. In addition, the meeting considered draft amendments to Article 64 of the Criminal Code regarding the recognition of pregnancy and the presence of young children as exceptional mitigating circumstances when sentencing.