Ministry of Culture to increase fines for age restriction violations

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As the “Izvestiya” reports, the Ministry of Culture plans to tighten the sanctions against violators of “18+” age restrictions and to increase the upper threshold of the fine from 200,000 to 500,000 rubles ($3,200-8,000).

“According to the new version of the draft law, the organizer of theatre, cultural and educational or entertainment events with “18+” age restriction is administratively responsible for the access of persons under 18 to such events.”

Citizens-violators are to be fined 10,000-15,000 rubles ($160-240), officials who violate the law are to be fined 50,000-100,000 rubles ($800-1,600), legal entities – 100,000-500,000 rubles ($1,600-8,000), stated the Ministry of Culture.

According to the new draft law only “18+” age restriction will remain compulsory. Other restrictions (“0+”, “6+”, “12+”, “16+”) may be set voluntary by producers and distributors, emphasizes the “Izvestiya”. They propose to introduce amendments to the law drat, in particular, to prohibit showing violence and intimate scenes in movie trailers, because they may de noticed by children who went to the cinema to watch another movie. It is also proposed to relieve libraries from the necessity to arrange books by age (but “18+” books still must be stored in closed packages). Furthermore, the Ministry proposes to allow local authorities to make their own decisions on reduction of the allowable distance between children’s organizations and places of prohibited information dissemination – up to 50 m.

“The current law does not allow spreading the prohibited information at a distance of less than 100 m from children’s organizations. But in practice it is hardly possible due to the building density. For example, in the yard of Mayakovsky Theater there’s a school: so it would be absurd to claim them to exclude all the “18+” performances,” admitted the Ministry of Culture.

At the moment the maximum fine for disseminating the information that is harmful for children’s health and development is 2,000-3,000 rubles / $32-48 (for citizens), 5,000-20,000 rubles / $80-320 (for officials) and 20,000-200,000 rubles / $320-3,200 (for legal entities).

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