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Experts “business officer” commented on the situation with bloggers

Experts “business officer” commented on the situation with bloggers

Bloggers do not need to flee Russia in case, if they are prosecuted. This was stated “Izvestia” ambassador “business officer”, member of the general council “Business Russia”, Head of the Expert Center for Criminal Law Policy and Enforcement of Judicial Acts Ekaterina Avdeeva, who responded to the initiation of a criminal case against blogger Elena Blinovskaya.

The expert emphasized, that law enforcement officers have learned to recognize the illegal schemes of bloggers to evade the main system of taxation and from paying taxes, which are subject to deduction to the state budget, including digital trail.

“They learned to recognize the digital footprint from the beginning of a transaction to the final recipient.. Therefore, the additional assessment of taxes and the imputation of tax structures is a matter of time.. But in connection with the amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation that entered into force in March 2023 year in case of payment of tax arrears before the decision to initiate a criminal case is made, a decision is made to refuse to initiate a criminal case”, - said the specialist.

According to her, bloggers need to submit updated declarations on time.

Besides, Ekaterina Avdeeva warned bloggers not to flee, because it creates the prerequisites for choosing the most severe measure of restraint in the form of detention. Therefore, the expert called this strategy of bloggers wrong..

“However, even after the initiation of a criminal case, one can expect its termination or release from criminal punishment in connection with Art.. 28.1 Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation and Art. 76.1 Criminal Code of the Russian Federation depending on the stage, on which the full payment of the tax arrears occurs”, – said Avdeeva.

Still she thinks, what bloggers should “turn on your own sense of justice” and take the right action, that do not create criminal-legal risks for them.

“A slogan for them “Pay your taxes and sleep easy” is relevant”, - concluded the specialist.

Detention of blogger Blinovskaya for tax evasion

Elena Blinovskaya was detained 27 April for tax evasion on 918 million rubles. Блогерша tried to leave Russia on a Maybach, however, she was stopped along the way. As it appears, Someone warned Blinovskaya, что ее собираются задержать. Она купила билет на самолет в Казахстан, to confuse the operatives, and she got into a foreign car and headed towards Belarus.

To the creator “Marathon of desires” завели criminal case об уклонении от уплаты налогов на сумму более 918 million rubles, as well as on the legalization of funds in excess of 43 million rubles.

According to investigators, Blinovskaya used the business splitting scheme and did not pay income tax for the period 2019–2021 for a total amount of more than 918 million rubles. Elena transferred her income to accounts 18 organizations and three individual entrepreneurs, to lower incomes and avoid paying high taxes.

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