How to deal with electricity theft? Step-by-step instructions on where to go and how to act. Responsibility under Art. 165 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation

The fine for the theft of electricity does not seem to frighten Russians: the widespread theft of electricity still remains one of the main problems of domestic grid companies. Despite all the efforts of energy workers, the scale of theft continues to grow: in some regions, up to half of all consumers steal electricity, and one in five are caught again.

To combat such repeat offenders, Russian senators recently adopted amendments to the Administrative Code: now you will have to pay more for a second violation. Let's figure out how they will now punish for stealing electricity and what other dangers there are for flirting with utility workers.

What it is?

Electricity theft is the consumption of energy resources illegally without concluding a contract. The service in the form of electricity is provided for a fee at tariffs approved by the authorities. Unauthorized use of it free of charge causes damage to the supplier and the state.

In the Decree of the Government of Russia No. 442 (05/04/2013) (as amended on 08/13/2018) there is an explanation about unauthorized connection.

Liability depends on the damage caused. It is divided into:

  1. civil law;
  2. administrative and legal;
  3. criminal.

Punishments are provided for in the following documents:

  • Code of Administrative Offences;
  • Civil Code;
  • Criminal Code.

For your information. Late payment for electricity is not theft.

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