Recourse action against investigative authorities is a legal way of «fall guys:» identifying who made a mistake in the criminal procedural system

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The author indicates how and in which ways tendencies of recourse recovery from guilty persons of investigative authorities can be realized. The article reviews practical experience of recourse actions disposition over the last years in the Russian Federation. From the author’s point of view, this practical experience is confusing, conflicting, and potentially hazardous.

In 2018, the Law Commission of the Government of the Russian Federation endorsed a bill aimed at improving recourse actions against investigative authorities. The legal fundamentals of the bill are stated in regulations of Chapter 18 the RF CPC and again in Articles 1069, 1070, 1080, sub-paragraphs 3 and 3.1 of the Article 1081 of the CCRF. The main idea of the bill is to improve the subjects and practice of recourse recovery from guilty parties of investigative authorities and other law enforcement agencies of those funds that were disbursed to rehabilitees from the Treasury of the Russian Federation account in accordance with Chapter 18 of the RF CPC [1]. The Russian Federation State Duma presented a bill in 2019 that specified the minimum amount of state monetary compensation for unwarranted prosecution of such persons who (in future) would be liable to rehabilitation. There are some innovations of the given bill. The minimum compensation per rehabilitee is 1000 RUB for each day of pretrial investigation and judicial inquiry; 5000 RUB per day for illegal use of such restrictive measures as house imprisonment, restraining order, and written undertaking not to leave the place; and 15 000 RUB per day of illegal stay in pretrial detention facility [2].

If these new measures are accepted, the amounts of recourse against investigative authorities will be cardinally increased. The keys of the above-noted lie in growing statements. The main point of these statements is that the federal budget loses huge sums annually and irrevocably through the realization of institute rehabilitation.

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Kovtun N. Kovtun

Nizhniy Novgorod academy of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia

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Russian Federation, Nizhniy Novgorod

Doctor of Law, Professor of the Department of Criminal Procedure of the Nizhny Novgorod Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation


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