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Illegal trade in wildlife objects via the Internet will become a criminal offense

The Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia is launching a campaign to prevent illicit trafficking in wildlife in the Internet. As the press service of the ministry informs, tThis decision was made during the мthe Russian Federation's Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Sergei Donskoy.

He instructed develop a set of measures that involves amending Art. 258.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation on the illegal production and trafficking of especially valuable wild animals and aquatic biological resources belonging to the species included in the Red Book of the Russian Federation and (or) protected by international treaties of the Russian Federation, supplementing it with provisions relating to trade on the Internet. In addition, it is planned to amend Federal Law No. 149 "On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection", as well as to other acts пGovernment of the Russian Federation, providing responsibility for the trade in objects of the world's animals in social networks.

Sergey Donskoy expressed his confidence that not only indifferent and vigilant citizens will also be involved in solving the problem of illegal circulation of wildlife objects on the Internet.

One of the reasons for the wide spread of online trade in protected and endangered species of wild animals and goods from them is the lack of constant monitoring of trading platforms on the Internet. At the same time,National and international laws prohibiting illegal trade lag behind the development of illegal operations on the Internet.  

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