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The lower house of the Russian parliament adopted in the third and final reading law, removing from the deputies the obligation to publish income declarations in the public domain. The new rule should come into effect on March 1.
As the co-author of the draft law, the head of the State Duma Committee on Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, explained, deputies will still have to submit declarations, but only generalized statistical information will be placed in public access, without personal data. Speaking about the reason why they decided to refuse to publish declarations, Krasheninnikov said that “not everyone is interested in this, not everyone wants to do it – laziness.”
In turn, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the refusal to publish the declarations of deputies will not affect the fight against corruption, since they will still have to report on income. Peskov explained the need to change the procedure by saying that “the conditions bring their own specifics.”
At the end of 2022, Russian officials were allowed not to publish their declarations “during the period of a special military operation”. After the outbreak of the war, many Russian departments completely or partially closed access to data on their work, and not only of a military nature.