In Ukraine, they want to establish criminal liability for participation in public procurement companies of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus

The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Law Enforcement Affairs is considering draft law No. 7547, which provides for criminal liability for participation in public procurement by Russian and Belarusian companies that are under sanctions.

According to Ukrinform, this is reported by Bureau of Economic Security.

“The adoption of the law will prevent the outflow of funds from the state budget of Ukraine to the budgets of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, which will enhance our economic security. For the intentional violation of the requirements of procurement legislation by customers, criminal liability will be established,” said Alexander Kucherenko, Deputy Director of BEB.

According to him, the relevant document provides for amendments to the Criminal and Criminal Procedure Code to ensure the implementation of a separate type of special economic and restrictive measures (sanctions). While it is under consideration in the profile committee of the Verkhovna Rada.

“We consider it necessary to more comprehensively consider the issue of introducing liability for non-fulfillment and/or improper fulfillment of all types of sanctions. BEB specialists are ready to join further development and improvement of standards billtaking into account already existing legislative initiatives,” Kucherenko added.

As reported, BEB has identified the prerequisites for harming the economic security of Ukraine as a result of participation in public procurement of enterprises whose beneficial owners are persons associated with the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

Read also: Companies from Russia and Belarus should be banned from participation in procurement for state funds – BEB

It has been established that after the start of a full-scale war between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, such enterprises not only participated in procurement at the expense of state funds, but also became their executors, that is, they sold goods or services. The total cost of such purchases is UAH 65 million.

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