Medvedev toughens punishment for fire safety violations

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a law to raise fines for violations of fire safety regulations.

The law that introduces amendments to Russia’s Administrative Offenses Code was passed by the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, on May 10, and by the upper house, the Federation Council, on May 25.

In line with the law, fines are doubled for individuals and sometimes even raised tenfold for organizations. Companies’ operations may be suspended for 90 days if they are found to violate the rules regarding internal water supply and evacuation system maintenance.

Last week, a fire caused blasts at an ammunition depot in Russia’s Urals republic of Udmurtia injuring about 100 people.

More than 150 people died in 2009 in a nightclub fire in the Urals city of Perm that was triggered by an indoor fireworks display.

MOSCOW, June 6 (RIA Novosti)

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