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Medvedev Supports Criminal Responsibility For Violating Employee Rights on Political Grounds

KOSTROMA. May 13 (Interfax) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is ready to support the introduction of criminal responsibility for the violation of employment rights on political grounds.

"If you look into it, then probably such a change is quite possible. Because I have also heard of cases of employers refusing to hire people for political reasons or firing someone only for belonging to a different party," he said at a Friday meeting with young members of parliament in Kostroma.

That was his answer to a question from a member of the Liberal Democratic Party on whether he is ready to support a bill tabled by the Liberal Democrats for amending Article 144 of the Criminal Code that stipulates responsibility for the violation of employment rights for political reasons.

"We already had that in the past. It ended poorly for our country. Therefore, if we lack legal tools, I am ready to support these amendments to Article 144, and criminal law in general," Medvedev said.


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