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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Decree Elicits Rage

A new decree aimed at improving tax collection by levying charges on individual bank transactions met savage response from Russia's press:

The appearance this week of the presidential decree "On the Regulation of Income Tax and Insurance Payment Collection From Individuals" sparked a sensation. ...

This is not the first time that a legal document originating from behind the walls of the state apparatus has contradicted existing legislation. In that same vein, the new decree stands out in its unprecedented rudeness in the handling of the law and in its direct violation of the constitution.

The decree demands to be protested not only because it appears to be the usual attempt to get into the pockets of the citizens of the land, who only a month and a half earlier had voted for the man who signed the decree, but also because it demonstrates a cynical disdain for the idea of a lawful government, for the sake of which five years ago blood was spilled on Moscow's streets. To millions of taxpayers who take on their shoulders the burden of Russia's bureaucratic machine, the president combines in one decree scorn for constitutional order and unscrupulous trampling of democracy. ...

No matter how grave the government's current economic position, it can't base its laws on the grounds of fiscal determinism and budget expediency. The majority of voters at the last elections did not vote for that. ...

We would like to receive, from the government and the president's administration, a clear answer to this question: Who is the author of such a document?