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Corruption is currently seen as imposing major limitations on Russian economic progress, and a major deterrent to global investors looking to move into the Russian market.
Legal Update No. 304
Goltsblat BLP advises that Federal Law of 7 December 2011 No. 419-FZ "On Amendment of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and article 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation" came into effect on 19 December 2011.
1.1 What authorities can prosecute business crimes, and are there different enforcement authorities at the national and regional levels?
Only state prosecutors and victims (albeit to a very limited extent) can act as prosecutors before the Russian courts. However, the preliminary investigations can be conducted by a variety of state bodies depending primarily on the subject matter of the alleged offence.
Yelena Ovcharova, PhD in Law, Attorney,
Head of the Administrative Defence of Business Group, Pepeliaev Group, Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University