MOSCOW, July 5. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with members of the Russian Security Council issues regarding tougher penalties for doping abuse in sports and promotion of performance enhancing drugs, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
"On the whole, the issue of the fight against doping abuse was once again thoroughly discussed with the main focus on the inadmissibility of the performance enhancing drugs consumption," Peskov told journalists.
The spokesman added that the discussion focused in particular on legislative initiatives aimed to tighten responsibility for the doping consumption and its distribution. Participants in the meeting also discussed the possibility of Russian law enforcement bodies rendering to operative investigative measures in the fight against violations of doping regulations.
President Putin signed into law on Monday a draft law toughening responsibility for corruption in Russian sports stipulating penalties from financial fines to prison terms.
The new law, which comes as an amendment to the Russian Criminal Code, stipulates among other thigs a prison term for sports officials and all affiliated persons of between eight and 15 years for accepting a bribe of over one million rubles ($15,700).