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On July 27, in Vienna, Russia submitted to the UN Special Committee for the Development of a Comprehensive International Convention on Counteracting the Use of Information and Communication Technologies for Criminal Purposes (hereinafter referred to as the Special Committee) the Russian draft of the first ever universal treaty against cybercrime.

The Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation P.P. Gorodov handed over the document in 4 UN languages ​​to the leadership of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, which oversees the problems of combating information crime and serves as the secretariat of the Special Committee. The document was also handed over to the Chairman of the Special Committee, Permanent Representative of Algeria to international organizations in Vienna F. Mebarki. The project was presented by the Permanent Representative of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna M. I. Ulyanov and Deputy Director of the Department of International Information Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia D. V. Bukin, who headed the Russian delegation during the organizational session of the Special Committee (New York, May 10-12 s.y.).

Thus, the Russian Federation, which initiated in 2019 the creation of a specialized UN body for the development of a comprehensive international convention and gathered the support of the world community by proposing draft resolutions of the UN General Assembly 74/247 and 75/282 regulating the modalities of the Special Committee, was the first to substantively fill the process of developing such an important and necessary international treaty, which is designed to raise international cooperation in this area to a qualitatively new level.

The work on the final draft of the convention is planned to be completed in 2023 during the 78th session of the UN General Assembly. The first negotiating session of the Special Committee is scheduled for January 17-28, 2022 in New York.

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