State Duma toughens penalties for repeat violations of protest rallies rules
MOSCOW, July 4 (RAPSI) - Russia’s State Duma on Friday adopted a bill in the third and final reading to tighten the criminal and administrative penalties for repeat violations of public event and demonstration regulations.
The legislation introduces fines ranging between 600,000 and 1 million rubles ($17,547-$29,244) or up to five years’ imprisonment for repeat violations of demonstration regulations. Repeat violators in this case are those who were sentenced to administrative penalty within the previous 180 days. The Administrative Offences Code is to be amended to increase the length of administrative arrest from 15 to 30 days.
Demonstration participants and organizers can be held for 30 days for resisting the police, the Federal Security Service or the Federal Guard Service.
Fines will range from 5,000 rubles ($146) for individuals, to 10,000-20,000 rubles ($292-$585) for officials and to 50,000-100,000 rubles ($1,462-$2,924) for legal entities.
The bill also stipulates tighter penalties for hindering the operation of social facilities, specifically, fines of between 30,000 and 50,000 rubles ($877-$1,462), or 100 hours of compulsory community service, or up to 15 days of administrative arrest. Fines for officials will range from 50,000 to 100,000 rubles ($1,462-$2,924) and for legal entities, from 250,000 to 500,000 rubles ($7,311-$14,622).
The law will take effect after its adoption.