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MOSCOW, January 25 (Itar-Tass) – A member of the Duma Education Committee, Grigory Balykhin of United Russia, said the draft law bans smoking not only in schools but “, most importantly, also in universities” at the federal level.
“This will apply to both state and private educational institutions,” he said.
The MP noted that many universities have already taken measures to ban smoking on their grounds and use disciplinary penalties against violators. “But unfortunately this has not been done by all universities,” Balykhin said.
He is confident that the number of smokers at universities will decrease after the adoption of the law, especially since “the Code of Administrative Offences will also be amended to impose concrete fines for violations. I have no doubt that there will be large fines.”
The Duma will also debate a draft law that amends the Criminal Code to penalise for “soliciting sexual services from minors” aged 16-18 for a monetary reward. The act will be punished with a fine of up to 200,000 roubles or compulsory work of 120-240 hours or restriction of freedom for up to two years or imprisonment for the same term.
The Duma will also debate amendments that increase fines for failure to comply with the rules of preserving, using and protecting federal, regional and local (municipal) cultural heritage sites.
Penalties for damaging historical and cultural monuments under protection will vary from 1 million to 40 million roubles for legal entities and from 2 million to 60 million roubles for sites or monuments of special value.
A draft law introducing fines for advertising homosexual relations has been prepared for the first reading. It was submitted to the Duma in March of last year by the Legislative Assembly of Novosibirsk Region. The document imposes fines of 4,000-5,000 roubles for individuals, 40,000-50,000 for officials, and 400,000-500,000 roubles for legal entities.
At the same time, the accompanying note says that administrative penalties will be used not for the homosexual orientation of a person but for the advertising of homosexuality among children.