MOSCOW, October 31 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of Russia will submit to the State Duma a bill introducing a new term, criminal misdemeanor, to the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code, RAPSI correspondent reports from the session of the court’s Plenum on Tuesday.

According to the bill, a criminal offense of low gravity, which can’t result in prison term, is to be considered as a criminal misdemeanor.

The chairman of the court’s board on criminal cases Vladimir Davydov said that introduction of this term would affect 80 crimes listed in the Criminal Code. Data accumulated by the court shows that in 2016 over 40,000 people were found guilty of crimes that may be recognized as criminal misdemeanors.