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ST. PETERSBURG, July 10 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian parliament's upper house Federation Council has approved the law on additional measures to ensure public order at official sport competitions.
The law imposes a ban for up to seven years on wrongdoers from attending matches.
For misconduct at sport events, the regulations also prescribe 3,000-10,000-rouble fines or up to 160 hours of public work with the ban from attending official competitions for a period from six months to three years.
In case it was a second violation, or misconduct caused halt of completions, the offender will be fined 10,000 to15,000 roubles. An alternative to a fine is arrest for 15 days with the ban from attending matches for a period from six months to seven years.
The Russian Interior Ministry will draw up lists of those banned from attending matches. The cost of a ticket will not be paid back to an expelled fan.
If a person is present in the stands despite the prohibition, the one will be fined 20,000 to 25,000 roubles or arrested for 15 days.
Competition organizers together with owners and users of sport facilities will be responsible for public order and security at competitions in accordance with the regulations to be approved by the Russian government. For the purpose, they may employ controllers who must be specially trained. Controllers will have the right together with police to examine citizens and their belongings at an entry to a stadium.
The cabinet is also expected to elaborate regulations for spectators.
Among the new obligations of owners of sport facilities is the necessity to properly maintain the infrastructure, the video monitoring systems to identify people present at sport events and technical equipment to ensure safety.
The law specifies that serious fines will be imposed on completion organizers or owners of spot facilities for violation of the safety regulations -- 50,000 to 100,000 roubles on officials and 100,000 to 300,000 on legal entities or administrative suspension of activities for up to 90 days.
If harm is done to somebody's health or property (if it is not a criminal case), a fine of 100,000 to 200,000 roubles will be imposed on officials and 300,000 to 500,000 on legal entities and administrative suspension of activities for a period of up to 90 days.
Another provision stipulates that identification of spectators is obligatory at an entry to an official match determined by government decisions.
The law comes into effect 180 days after it is officially published.