Russia submits a draft new cybercrime convention

Russia submitted a draft convention on countering cybercrime in the UN Cybercrime Ad Hoc Committee. The committee is tasked to draft a new cybercrime convention by 2025.

Russia’s prosecutor general’s office told TASS that the draft takes into account the present-day challenges and threats (including criminal uses of crypto currencies) and introduces new cybercrimes (marketing fake medical products, drug trafficking, involvement of minors into illegal activities posing threats to their lives and health, and others). Russia’s proposal expands the list of internationally designated cybercrimes to 23 compared to the Budapest Convention’s 9. The draft also expands the sphere of international cooperation concerning legal assistance on criminal cases, including tracing, arrest, seizure and the return of assets.