Russian Parliament to Consider Bill on Liability for Inciting Doping Use

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The Russian Parliament will consider proposed legislation on introducing criminal liability for inciting doping use in sports.

Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, will consider proposed legislation on introducing criminal liability for inciting doping use in sports, according to a statement published on the Duma's website Friday.

"The bill stipulates criminal liability for trainers, sports medicine specialists and other experts in the field of physical culture for inciting the use of substances or methods banned in sports," the statement reads.

Drafted by the chair and first deputy of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, the bill stresses the need to enforce rigid control measures in light of increasing cases of anti-doping legislation violations.

Under the draft bill, those found guilty of inciting an athlete to use performance enhancing drugs would face a fine in the ruble equivalent of $7,350 and barred from holding sports-related office for up to three years.

Groups found carrying out similar activities in collusion or inciting underage athletes, including with the threat of or the use of force, shall be fined over $14,700 or sentenced up to a year in prison, according to the bill.

The draft bill carries a 10-to-15 year sentence without the right for reinstatement for up to 20 years if the convicted persons’ actions lead to the athlete’s death or other serious accidents.

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