MOSCOW, May 29 (Itar-Tass) —— The rally bill submitted by A Just Russia deputies Dmitry Gudkov and Ilya Ponomaryov to the State Duma on Tuesday will be discussed by a State Duma committee but it cannot be an alternative to the document preparing for the second reading, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Development Vladimir Pligin told Itar-Tass.
“Naturally, we will study this bill. But a bill passed in the first reading at the initiative of our colleagues is preparing for the second reading and that stage is somewhat different from the proposal of alternatives,” he said.
Deputies Dmitry Gudkov and Ilya Ponomaryov proposed the alternative bill, which was, as they said, drafted at the Alexei Kudrin Fund for Support to Civil Initiatives and the Contemporary Development Institute.
The deputies did not deny that the bill was supposed to counterbalance the United Russia initiative, which increased manifold fines for rally violations.
The alternative bill stipulates the preservation of current amounts of fines set by the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses and rejects the supplementary punishment, such as correctional works. However, the deputies proposed to supplement the list of violations with the impediment to motor traffic, the breach of public peace, the carrying of weapons, explosives or inflammatory liquids to the rallies and the like.
The bill stipulates a number of new bans, for instance, it suggested banning the wearing of masks or drinking alcoholic beverages during rallies. In this part the alternative bill does not differ from the one suggested by United Russia for the second reading. The deputies proposed not to punish rally organizers for exceeding the number of rally participants in the case the organizers provided law and order.
Pligin said earlier in the day that citizens accused of rally violations may pay fines of up to 300,000 rubles.
“If a violation is made but it has no negative consequences the fine may vary from 10,000 to 30,000 rubles. The fine will grow from 150,000 to 300,000 rubles in the case of damage to health or property. That would be the maximal fine for an individual,” Pligin told the Ekho Moskvy radio on Tuesday. The State Duma passed the bill in the first reading on May 22. The second reading is due on May 30.