Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed to punish for amber smuggling with imprisonment from three to seven years and introduce an article on illegal extraction of amber to the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
This is outlined in bill No. 2059 amending the Criminal Code of Ukraine on criminal liability for the illegal extraction of amber or its movement across the customs border of Ukraine registered by the head of state in parliament.
So, it is proposed to introduce Article 240-1 (illegal extraction of amber). This crime is punishable by a fine of 700 to 3,000 tax-free minimum incomes of citizens (1 minimum is UAH 17), or imprisonment for a term from one to three years.
“The sale, acquisition, storage, transfer, transportation, processing of illegally obtained amber shall be punishable by a fine of 3,000 to 10,000 tax-free minimum incomes of citizens, or by imprisonment for a term from three to six years,” the president said in the bill.
The same actions committed with prior conspiracy by a group of persons, either repeatedly or on a large scale, as well as illegal amber extraction committed on the territories or objects of the nature reserve fund, shall be punishable by imprisonment for a term from four to seven years.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has called on the leaders of foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine to contribute to the fight against smuggling. “Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has urged the heads of diplomatic institutions of Ukraine abroad to join the campaign announced by the government dubbed “Ukraine without smuggling” by prompt response to cases of illegal actions and by providing information on the movement of goods taking into account their present price,” the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers said on the results of the meeting of the premier with heads of foreign diplomatic institutions in Kyiv on Tuesday.
Groysman, in particular, asked the diplomats to respond to the requests of the State Fiscal Service, customs office, law enforcement system and facilitate the rapid receipt of information from international partners.