31 Mar 2020 11:58

Russian State Duma passes bill on fines of up to 1 mln rubles for legal entities, up to 300,000 rubles for people for quarantine breaches

MOSCOW. March 31 (Interfax) - The Russian State Duma adopted a bill tightening liability for violations of laws on the sanitary and epidemiological wellbeing of the population in the third and final reading on Tuesday.

In particular, the bill introduces penalties for breaches of sanitary and epidemiological rules "during emergency situation regime or when there is the thread of the spread of a disease posing a danger to other people, as well as during restrictive measures (quarantine) in certain territories, or failure to timely fulfill a legitimate order (decree) or requirement regarding sanitary and anti-epidemic (preventive) measures issued by an agency (official) in charge of federal state sanitary and epidemiological oversight."

Such a violation will be punishable by an administrative fine of 15,000 rubles to 40,000 rubles for ordinary citizens, fines of 50,000 rubles to 150,000 rubles for officials, and fines of 200,000 rubles to 500,000 rubles for legal entities or an administrative suspension on their operation for up to 30 days.

If the abovementioned actions (lack of action) cause harm to people's health or lead to their death, but if they do not include a penal act, they will be punishable by fines of 150,000 rubles to 300,000 rubles for ordinary citizens and fines of 300,000 rubles to 500,000 rubles for officials, or their disqualification for one to three years.

Non-corporate businesses and legal entities will face fines from 500,000 rubles to one million rubles or an administrative suspension of their operation for up to 90 days.