Changes of the normative base in terms of attachment of property

In 2011, considering complaints of JSC «Nedvizhimost-M», OOO «Solomatinskoe khlebopriemnoe predpriyatie» and the citizen L.M. Kostareva, Russia's Constitutional Court verified the compliance with the Constitution of the Article 115 of the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation, which regulates the procedure of imposition and prolongation of the attachment of property to prevent its concealment or sale. As a result, it was drawn the conclusion of non-compliance of a number provisions of this article with the basic law of the country.

In the operative part of the Ruling of the Constitutional Court the legislator was ordered to «enter necessary changes to the Russian Federation Code of Criminal Procedure». In particular, to provide the persons an effective protection of property rights, including the possibility of compensation for losses in case of suspension of criminal proceedings. The necessity stems from the fact that the arrest to ensure the execution of a sentence in terms of the civil suit on these proceedings had been already imposed, and the application of this measure of procedural compulsion is excessively long.

In accordance with this Ruling of the Constitutional Court the amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure were prepared, enshrined in the Federal Law №190-FZ of June 29, 2015 «On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation».

With regard to the criminal procedure the law concretized the definition of property as a thing, including cash, non-cash funds in bank accounts, property rights and securities.

A significant innovation became the concept of «reasonable time» of the attachment of property defined by the set of circumstances, including, for example, the complexity of criminal case, duration of proceedings, degree of assistance to the investigation on the part of participants. The amendments defined clearly the process and procedure of extension of this arrest. This process allows the participation of persons, whose property had been arrested, and the relevant decision of the court can be complained on appeal and under cassational procedure.

In case of violation of «reasonable time» of proceedings prescribed by Art. 6.1 of the Civil Procedure Code, the persons, who are not suspected or accused in criminal cases and whose property has been arrested, may demand compensation from the state. If the property of such citizens is under arrest for more than six months from the date of entry into force of the sentence or dismissal of a case, or the total duration of property's attachment has exceeded four years, an administrative claim may be filed in a court for awards of such compensation.

The Federal Law №190-FZ has entered into force since 15 September of the current year. It is subject also to the amendments on the limitation of terms of property’s attachment. However, the provisions of the law are extended also to cases of property’s attachment before this date, if the attachment had not been withdrawn or prolonged by the court by due process of law.

To estimate the importance of innovations and the volume of property potentially affected by this problem, you can look at the statistics of the Federal Bailiff Service. For example, in 2014 the number of enforcement proceedings, within which the property was seized, amounted to 276 123 pcs, and the total value of distrained property – more than 145 bln RUB.

Import substitution will be in Russia

At the country level questions of import substitution in Russia are raised for a long time. However, sanctions imposed against Russia by western countries gave an impulse for its realization. By import substitution is meant replacement on the Russian market of foreign made goods by national ones. According to experts, in several industries import makes considerable proportion, for example, in the machine-tool industry dependence of import deliveries is 90%, in radio electronics – 85%, in the civil aircraft industry more than 80% components are imported. The situation in other industries is presented in table 1.

Table 1. Dependence of several industries in Russia of import deliveries
Name of industryShare of imported production, %
1 Machine-tool industry 90
2 Radio electronics 85
3 Civil aircraft industry 80
4 Consumer goods industry 80
5 Pharmaceutical and medical industry 75
6 Heavy engineering industry 70
7 Oil-gas equipment industry 60
8 Electric-power industry 50
9 Agricultural machinery industry 50-90 (in dependence of the kind of production)

At the beginning of 2014 measures on the import substitution were reflected in the approved new edition of the Government program of the RF «Development of manufacturing industry and improvement of its competitiveness» (decision from April 15, 2014 №328). Later President of the RF signed the list of instructions of additional measures on economic growth stimulation, and on the import substitution in manufacturing industry and agriculture. In this case the Government prepared the Assistance Plan of import substitution in industry, and in the end of 2014 approved the program of the import substitution in agriculture.

Moreover, in autumn of 2014 the Government approved the investors support program, according to that financing for the import substitution support is made by means of subsidies and co-financing of researches. It involves manufacturing industry, chemical industry, machine-tool industry, housing construction, transport, communications and data telecommunications, electric power and agriculture industry.

In April of 2015 for the benefit of January crisis bailout plan realization the involved governmental agencies developed 19 industrial import substitution programs for the next few years. According to the programs, import substitution measures will be taken in pharmaceutical industry, heavy engineering industry, aircraft, ship construction industry and software industry. It is believed that to the year 2020 realization of the above mentioned programs will shorten dependence on imports, e.g., in machine-tool industry from the current 90% to 40%.

The results of practical work are shown by opening of the Import substitution and localization center in Saint-Petersburg. This center is considered by specialists as place for promotion of the Russian companies`production. Among other tasks: exhibitions, arising of demand and offer for national products, relevant marketing services, implementation of new collaboration forms, for example, cluster agreement.

It is believed that today national manufacturer has a possibility to use the obstacle that Russian regions and states of the former Soviet Union can share of import substitution experience, demonstrate potential, place queries for the interested equipment. The Centre plans development of information system that will include data of the deliveries that the enterprises want to replace with national equivalents.