VLADIMIR, October 11. /TASS/. Russian lawmakers are likely to pass in the nearest future a bill stipulating a criminal responsibility for the encouragement of doping abuse in sports, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Tuesday.
"Russia has undertaken an obligation to take care of its own shortfalls (in the fight against doping abuse)," Dvorkovich said at the "Russia - Country of Sports" international forum in the Russian city of Vladimir.
"We will pass relevant laws in the near future regarding the promotion and encouragement of performance enhancing drugs in sports," he added.
The Russian deputy prime minister added that Russia would imply maximum efforts to provide for the independent fight against doping abuse in sports and would also launch scientific and educational work in this regard.
"We can do it today and very quickly, but we are waiting reciprocal steps from the international society as well as global organizations," Dvorkovich added.
The draft law stipulating a criminal responsibility for encouraging athletes to consume performance enhancing drugs was submitted in late March this year with the Russian parliament’s lower house, the State Duma.
The bill was initiated by the United Russia and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) political parties and initially stipulated a financial fine of up to 500,000 rubles (over $7,350 at that time’s foreign currency exchange rate) or a fine equal to six-month income of a person guilty of inducing an athlete into doping consumption.
A person found guilty of encouraging an athlete into doping rule violations could be also suspended from his or her professional activities up to three years, according to the initially proposed draft law.
On July 25, the ROC Executive Board approved the establishment of the public anti-doping commission.