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Original Paper

UDC 343.7 © V.A. Shestak, A.D. Tsyplakova, 2022

ISSN 0041-5790 (Print) • ISSN 2412-8333 (Online) • Ugol’ – Russian Coal Journal, 2022, № 10, pp. 72-76

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18796/0041-5790-2022-10-72-76




Shestak V.A.1, Tsyplakova A.D.1

1Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Moscow, 119454, Russian Federation

Authors Information

Shestak V.A., Doctor of Juridical Sciences, Associate Professor, Professor of the Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Criminology, е-mail: shestak.v.a@mgimo.ru

Tsyplakova A.D., LL.B., e-mail: tsyplakova.a.d@my.mgimo.ru


The article discusses the issues of criminal responsibility for certain energy crimes in the UK. The authors analyze the interrelation of the norms of statutory and case law of England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, as well as the relevant provisions of the criminal law doctrine of the United Kingdom. The contextual provisions of specialized acts and sectoral energy legislation have been studied. Larceny, or illegal appropriation, or unlawful abstraction of certain energy resources have determined as the major energy crime and elaborated specific features of prosecuting for damaging or destroying distribution networks, equipment and meters, going equipped and conspiring to steal electricity and gas, as well as possessing special devices solely for this purpose.


UK, Theft of electricity and gas, Statutory criminal law, Sectoral energy legislation, Criminal precedents, Abstracting electricity.


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For citation

Shestak V.A. &TsyplakovaA.D. Features of criminal liability for theft of certain energy resources in the UK. Ugol’, 2022, (10), pp. 72-76. (In Russ.). DOI: 10.18796/0041-5790-2022-10-72-76.

Paper info

Received June 8, 2022

Reviewed July 18, 2022

Accepted September 26, 2022


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