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    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Tuesday a bill introducing criminal charges for inciting athletes into doping use.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The law stresses the need to enforce criminal and administrative charges for doping use incitement.

    A trainer, sports medicine, physical culture or sports specialist found guilty is fined up to 300,000 rubles ($4,705) or up to six months of earnings without the right to hold sports-related office for up to three years.

    Groups found carrying out similar activities in collusion, inciting underage athletes or two or more adult athletes, including with the threat of or the use of force, are fined over $7,842 or sentenced up to a year in prison, according to the bill. They are prohibited from working in specific sports-related fields for up to four years.

    The law carries a sentence of up to three years without the right for reinstatement for up to five years if the convicted persons’ actions lead to the athlete’s death or other serious accidents.

    The upper house, Federation Council, approved the bill last Wednesday, November 16.

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