Vladimir Putinto: Grigory Sysoev / RIA Novosti
Russian President Vladimir Putin called an exaggeration criminal penalty of several years imprisonment for stealing two buckets of potatoes given to him for comparison with the sanction for illegal gold mining. On Friday, September 6, RIA Novosti reported.
The head of the group’s Board of Directors “Arbat”, the Chairman of the Association of subsoil users Magadan region Alexander Busansky, who was present at the meeting of the President with members of the public in the framework of the Eastern economic forum, was asked to toughen the penalties for illegal mining. He, in particular, pointed to the current small penalties for illegal extraction of large amounts of gold.
“I will give an example, can you not tell if a person stole two buckets of potatoes, he receives three to five years in prison,” he said.
“I think that’s hyperbole, artistic exaggeration”, — said Putin.
Basinski said that he meant figuratively. “Then you explain,” he advised him the head of state.
The head of the Association gave the example of a situation where black diggers mined gold amounting to less than two million rubles, for which he is punished by a fine of five thousand rubles. “The imbalance, you know what: dug up gold by almost 1,999 million, the ruble is not enough — five thousand fine” — summed up Bosanski.
Earlier it was reported that during the same discussion, Vladimir Putin has promised that he would come to Magadan to wash gold. “I’m not going to say “it is better you to us,” I’ll come,” said the President in response to the invitation of Alexander Bazhanskogo.
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