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Russia proposes to increase fines for violation of disability rights

The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation has developed a draft law on amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation on administrative offences in terms of increasing the size of fines imposed on legal entities and individuals for evading compliance with the rights of persons with disabilities. The current fines, according to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, are too low. The Ministry of Labor agrees with this.

Currently, the amount of fines imposed for non-observance of the rights of persons with disabilities is from 1 to 10 thousand rubles for officials, from 20 to 100 thousand rubles for legal entities. Such fines, according to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, are too low. These conclusions were made on the basis of the conclusions of many public organisations of disabled people, including those expressed at a meeting of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“Such mild sanctions actually push some dishonest owners of facilities to continue the practice of non-compliance with the rights of people with disabilities to an accessible environment in cases where compliance with the legally established conditions for access requires the owners of facilities or service providers to spend financial resources several times higher than the established fines,” explanatory note to the document.

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