State Duma deputies will allow themselves not to report on income

The State Duma plans to allow deputies who participated in the war in Ukraine not to publish information about their income. The relevant amendments can be adopted by February 6, said Otari Arshba, chairman of the State Duma commission on monitoring the income of deputies, mandate issues and ethics, quoted by Interfax.

“We are talking about non-publication of the final declarations in the media and the right to close the data and not to submit the data of participants and seconded to the NVO zone,” Arshba said at a meeting of the Duma Committee on State Construction and Legislation.

At the end of December 2022, President Vladimir Putin issued a decree suspending the publication of declarations of officials, which must be published under the anti-corruption law. The President introduced these requirements for the period of the war in Ukraine. This norm will be canceled after the publication of the relevant regulatory legal acts.

Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov reported that the decree prohibiting posting on the Internet and transmitting to the media data on the incomes of officials applies only to those who work in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

“It is absolutely clear from the decree who this concerns: it concerns those who work on the territory [ДНР, ЛНР, Запорожской и Херсонской областей]. There is no place for some kind of double interpretation, ”Peskov explained.

In early December, a bill was submitted to the State Duma, according to whichregional and municipal deputies who, in addition to their work in legislative assemblies, conduct business or are engaged in other work, will be exempted from the obligation to declare their income annually. According to the document, deputies who carry out their activities without leaving their main place of work will declare their income and property once after being elected.

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