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    First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council's Committee for Legal and Court Issues Alexei Klishin said that following this amendment to the country's Administrative Code, people drinking beer in public places and on public transport will be fined up to three times the minimum monthly wage for fines as set in Russia legislation, which currently stands at 100 rubles (about $3.50).

    The fine increases also apply to beer retailers who sell beer to minors. Employees will be charged between 20 and 30 times the minimum fine, and the owner of the outlet will be fined between 200 and 300 times.

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    Upper house passes increased public beer drinking fine

    MOSCOW, November 23 (RIA Novosti) The majority of the Russian upper house of parliament voted in favor Wednesday of increasing the fine for public consumption of beer.

    The law will come into force when signed by President Vladimir Putin.

    First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council's Committee for Legal and Court Issues Alexei Klishin said that following this amendment to the country's Administrative Code, people drinking beer in public places and on public transport will be fined up to three times the minimum monthly wage for fines as set in Russia legislation, which currently stands at 100 rubles (about $3.50).

    The same fine will apply to adults who supply minors (below the age of 18) with beer.

    Klishin said the Administrative Code had up to now only penalized adults supplying hard alcohol to minors.

    The fine increases also apply to beer retailers who sell beer to minors. Employees will be charged between 20 and 30 times the minimum fines and the owner of the outlet will be fined between 200 and 300 times.

    "The country is experiencing a mass consumption of beer and low-alcoholic drinks on the streets, transport and other public places, which is having a negative effect on the development of children and adolescents and is creating a permissive atmosphere," Klishin said.

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