MOSCOW, July 18 (RAPSI) – The State Duma Committee on Legislation and State Building has recommended that the parliament’s members adopt a bill to increase up to 15 years the prison term for inducing to suicide in the first reading.

The draft law was submitted to the State Duma on Monday.

In a memorandum attached to the bill its authors, three lawmakers representing the ruling political party United Russia, point out that at present a federal law adopted in June envisages punishments in the range from 5 to up to 8 years in prison for inducing or assistance in committing suicide, even in case minors are involved.

The relevant articles of the Russian Criminal Code set sentences of up to 6 years in jail for inducing, assisting, or organizing activities aimed to induce minors to suicide via information and telecommunication networks servicing general public, what the authors of the bill believe to be incommensurable with the graveness and social danger of the crime.

Accordingly, the lawmakers propose to make the punishment for inducing minors to suicide more severe with prison terms ranging from 5 to 15 years. The authors also suggest to extend the severer punishment in the range of 8 to 15 years in prison for such crimes resulting in deaths of two and more minors, or persons perpetrators knew to be helpless, or women known to them to be pregnant, or those materially or otherwise being dependent on perpetrators.