The State Duma is preparing a bill about the confiscation of property from “a number of Russians who left,” RIA Novosti writes, citing a source. According to him, there were no official instructions on this matter to the committees, but some deputies are working on the issue.
So far, it remains unclear who exactly the deputies are going to deprive of their property. Last week the Speaker of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin called for the confiscation of the property of the departed “scoundrels” who continue to “publicly pour dirt on Russia.” He proposed to introduce an appropriate clause into the Criminal Code of Russia.
“The scoundrels who have left live comfortably thanks to our country. While abroad, they rent out real estate, continue to receive royalties at the expense of Russian citizens, ”the deputy explained his proposal in the telegram channel.
According to him, it is necessary to confiscate property in order to “compensate for the damage.” “But this, of course, will not return their conscience to them,” the speaker of the lower house of parliament concluded.
The Kremlin called this proposal “a very difficult topic.” “Of course, in our time it is relevant, but here it’s impossible, let’s say, to open some Pandora’s boxes after all,” said Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
He agreed that the “enemies” who left the country, who are negatively disposed towards Russia, “should be fought.” At the same time, Peskov announced the need to create conditions for the return of other Russian citizens.
In recent months, representatives of the Russian authorities have been talking more and more about punishments for Russians who have left. Senator Sergei Tsekov proposed to take away property from Russians who left the country. According to him, this should apply to everyone, “regardless of whether they are stars or IT people.” At the same time, he referred to the fact that Russia’s assets had already begun to be confiscated abroad.
The head of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, called the citizens who left Russia “enemies of society” and “traitors.” He offered to block their entry into Russia without prior repentance or amnesty.
Alfa-Bank estimates that around 1.1 million people may have left the country in the first nine months of 2022.