Staunton, January 31 – The Russian justice ministry has posted online a draft of its revised Russian Administrative Code (regulation.gov.ru/projects/List/AdvancedSearch#npa=99059
The ambiguity in the new text, the analytic center says, raises the possibility that it will be misused. Similar ambiguities continue in several other of the relevant paragraphs, reflecting a broader problem in Russian law which is often written in a way that allows it to be applied by the courts in ways that a reasonable reading of would not permit.
On the discouraging side – and this may come to matter more and more as the number of administrative violations continues to increase – the statue of limitations for the application of provisions of the code has been extended to a year, up from three months in most cases – and to six years in the case of violations of laws prohibiting actions classified as terrorism.
That means that the authorities can reach back in time more easily to punish or intimidate those falling under the terms of the administrative code.