Yuliya P. Popova. How the new edition of Article 267 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation will affect the qualification of offenses

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Yuliya P. Popova - Candidate of Law, associate professor of the department of criminal law and proceedings of the Institute of State and Law of the Tyumen state University

Abstract. The current paper has presented the analysis of the Federal Law of December 30, 2020 No. 526-FZ "On Amendments to Article 267 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation" and the legal consequences of the amendments. There has been noted the ambiguity of the interpretation of the form of guilt in the main composition of the damaging vehicles or communication lines beyond repair. There have been proved a mixed form of guilt in Part 1 of Art. 267 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and the double form of guilt in qualified units of parts 2-6 of Art. 267 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. There has been summed up that there are possible difficulties in qualifying a crime and distinguishing it from such crimes as terrorism, vandalism, sabotage, theft and other crimes against property, crimes against the life and health of an individual and such administrative offenses as damage to roads and railway, actions that threaten traffic safety on railway transport and subway, breaking rules for protection of communication lines or structures). As a result, the new form of the main corpus delicti of the analyzed crime will cause an ambiguous legal assessment of situations when damaging a vehicle, means of communication, means of signaling or communication or other transport equipment beyond repair, blocking transport communications, objects of transport infrastructure, obstruction of the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on the communication routes, road network, and will not contribute to the uniform practical application of criminal and administrative legal norms on transport offenses.

Keywords: damaging vehicles or communication lines beyond repair; form of guilt in a transport crime; construction of corpus delicti; differentiation of a transport crime with related administrative offenses and crimes.


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