14:49 30.12.2013

President makes seizure of buildings a crime

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has introduced criminal liability for the seizure of buildings, facilities, and other buildings of enterprises, institutions, organizations or for other undue interference in the activity of enterprises, institutions and organizations in the absence of signs of countering legitimate economic activity, which leads to the disruption of their normal operation.

A respective law on improving the legal regulation of the activity of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs, which was drafted by the Cabinet of Ministers and which introduces amendments to the Criminal Code, was signed by the head of state on December 27, 2013.

The law, in particular, complements the Criminal Code with articles on the seizure of buildings, facilities or other buildings of enterprises, institutions and organizations or other undue interference in the activity of enterprises, institutions and organizations, and foresees punishment for that in the form of the restriction or deprivation of liberty for a term of up to two years.

The same actions committed on preliminary collusion by a group of persons or in a dangerous manner are punished by imprisonment for a term of two to five years.

The same actions committed with the participation of employees of private security organizations or associated with violence dangerous to life or health, if they result in serious consequences, are punished with imprisonment for a term of five to ten years, with confiscation of property.

Moreover, the law introduces criminal liability for including in the documents that are submitted for state registration of a legal entity of deliberately false information if this caused considerable material damage to a legal entity, its members/founders or another person.

The law also expands the list of violations of the order of registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs, envisaging administrative responsibility not only for the violation of the established terms for the state registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs, the violation of the terms of issuance of certificates on state registration or requesting the documents for state registration not stipulated by law, but also for other violations of the order of state registration established by law.

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