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The Russian government refused to consider “use of IT” in committing a crime as an aggravating circumstance

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The Russian government refused to consider "use of IT" in committing a crime as an aggravating circumstance Everybody spread out, I know the regular expressions.
According to " RoskomSvoboda " and " Nezavisimaya Gazeta ", Commission of the Government of the Russian Federation on legislative activity did not support deputy bill allowing the court to recognize the use of information technology, computer devices and the Internet in the commission of a crime as an aggravating circumstance.
The initiative "to recognize the use of information technology as an aggravating circumstance in the commission of a crime" belongs to the chairman of the State Duma Committee on Security and Counteraction to Corruption Vasily Piskarev and his first deputy Ernest Valeev. These deputies proposed to add Article 63 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("Circumstances aggravating punishment") with a new paragraph – to provide as an aggravating circumstance committing a crime with the use of computer technology and the Internet.
"The explanatory note to the draft law does not contain convincing information about the characteristics of the crimes committed in this manner and about the perpetrator, which indicate an increase in the degree of public danger of this act and the personality of the perpetrator, " says in the draft review of this bill, which was made by the Commission of the Government of the Russian Federation on legislative activity.
"At the same time, the projected aggravating circumstance, unlike those provided in the Criminal Code, is not universal, because given the level of computerization in modern society and the prevalence of the use of technical devices in the daily life of people does not entail increasing the public danger of any crime, " – added the commission.
"The Criminal Code already establishes liability for crimes, the qualifying (especially qualifying) feature of which is the commission of these acts using the Internet. In this regard, the proposed amendment to Article 63 of the Criminal Code proposed in the bill is redundant." – summarized in the commission.
About preparation of this bill became known in December 2019 at a roundtable meeting in the State Duma devoted to combating bullying (cyberbullying) on the Internet.
Earlier in November 2019, it became known from a representative of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs that in 2018 the number of illegal acts committed with the use of information technology doubled, compared to 2017. And in January-September 2019, the number of recorded incidents still increased by almost 70% (205, 116 crimes were registered). According to the General Prosecutor’s Office, every seventh crime in Russia is committed in the field of IT technology.

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