MOSCOW, November 22. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that criminalizes any encouragement for doping.
The law was approved by the State Duma (lower house of parliament) on November 11 and by the Federation Council (upper house) on November 16.
The law imposes a fine of up to 300,000 rubles (roughly $4,700) or a fine equal to 16.66% of a person’s income found 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 for up to three years. At the same time, a judge will have the right to sentence the guilty person to a prison term of up to one year.
If the crime is committed by a group of persons acting in conspiracy, if the perpetrators use violence or underage athletes are involved, they can face a fine of up to 500,000 rubles (roughly $7,400) or a prison term of up to one year as well as be suspended from his or her professional activities up to three years.
A coach, doctor or other physical educational and sports expert giving an athlete some banned substances, regardless of his or her consent, can be sentenced to a fine of up to 1,000,000 rubles (roughly $11,400) or a prison term of up to one year and be suspended from certain activities for up to four years.
In the event that doping-related activities lead to a fatality or serious health problems, the person convicted can receive a jail term of up to three years. In addition, judges will be able to ban the convicted person from working in sports for up to five years.