Fines for officials who carry out inspections improperly will range from 3000-5000 rubles.
The government has proposed fining officials for violating regulations on inspecting small- and mid-sized businesses. It submitted the related amendments to the Russian Federation’s Administrative Offenses Code to the State Duma. Such instances that the bill classifies as violations include performing inspections on an unwarranted basis, failing to give the required notification before an inspection, and carrying out inspections without the orders of a manager or assistant manager and/or without the necessary documents.
For the first violation the negligent inspector could face a fine of 3000-5000 rubles; for a repeat offense, the inspector might have to pay as much as 20,000 rubles.
The protocol for inspecting businesses is prescribed in the law on enterprises’ rights that was passed at the end of 2008. Within this law, there are already some provisions in place to hold inspectors accountable for violations: a higher-level authority can penalize officials for illegal inspections and the inspection itself can be deemed unlawful in court. Additionally, a court can award compensation to a business for damages incurred as a result of an unlawful inspection.