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(Russian vreditel’stvo), according to Soviet criminal law a particularly serious crime against the state, involving an act of commission or omission directed toward the subversion of industry, transportation, agriculture, the monetary system, trade, or other branches of the national economy of the USSR, as well as activities on the part of state agencies or public organizations aimed at weakening the Soviet state, if such acts of commission or omission were accomplished through the use of state or public institutions, enterprises, or organizations, or through interference with their normal work. A necessary condition of prosecution for wrecking is the presence in the actions of the accused of the specific aim of weakening the Soviet state. Wrecking is punishable by deprivation of freedom for a term of eight to 15 years, together with confiscation of property and exile for a period of two to five years, or without exile (Criminal Code of the RSFSR, art. 69).
V. I. KURLIANDSKII