MOSCOW, April 22 (RAPSI) – Members of the upper house of Russian parliament, the Federation Council, on Monday endorsed a bill fixing fines of up to 80,000 rubles ($1,200) for athletes violating anti-doping rules.

On April 11, the bill was adopted by the State Duma lawmakers.

According to the draft law, fines are to be imposed for using, falsifying or attempting to falsify doping control as well as distribution of banned substances.

Currently, Russian legislation provides administrative liability for coaches, sport medicine specialists and other types of specialists in the field of sport.

The bill reads that fines for athletes, coaches and specialists for consuming doping may vary from 30,000 to 50,000 rubles (about $800).

Moreover, athletes, coaches, doctors in sports medicine and other sports specialists distributing prohibited substances or methods in violation of anti-doping rules would face fines ranging from 40,000 to 80,000 rubles ($600 – 1,200).