At the meeting Plenum of the Supreme Court approved a resolution concerning certain issues of judicial practice in criminal cases on insulting representatives of the authorities, the use of violence against them and encroachment on their lives. In particular, the resolution states that an attack on a security official’s relatives will be punished under the same articles as in the case of an attack on him.
In this case, relatives of a law enforcement officer, serviceman or government official are understood to mean their close relatives, relatives of their spouses, and even those whose “life, health and well-being are obviously dear to the victim due to established personal relationships,” said TASS.
Encroachment on relatives of a law enforcement officer in connection with the performance of his duties can fall under a criminal case under Article 317 or 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Moreover, violence can be both physical and mental.
For insulting an official of a law enforcement, regulatory or other body (the prosecutor’s office, the Investigative Committee, the FSB, the Federal Penitentiary Service, and others), punishment is provided for under Articles 318 and 319 – provided that the insult was committed in connection with the legal performance of duties by a representative of the authorities.
Violence that is not dangerous to life and health (Part 1 of Article 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) is understood as beatings and other methods of causing physical pain, binding, leaving in a closed room that did not cause harm to health. The maximum sanction in this case is five years in prison. If, however, the health of a representative of the authorities was seriously or moderately harmed, and also if there was a “real danger” to his life and health, we will already talk about punishment under part 2 of the same article, the sanction for which is up to 10 years in prison.