The amendments reinforcing liability for non-admission of ambulances entered into force on August 6, 2019.
The President of the Russian Federation approved amendments to strengthen liability for the non-admission of ambulances.
The State Duma at the plenary meeting on July 16 adopted in the final version amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, as well as amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, establishing liability for obstructing the work of doctors and the passage of ambulances. July 23, these amendments were approved by the Federation Council. On July 26, 2019, the amendments were signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In accordance with the amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses, for a refusal to give way, an emergency fine will be from 3 to 5 thousand rubles. The violator can also be deprived of a driver’s license for a period of 3 months to 1 year.
For obstructing the activities of health workers, if such actions do not contain criminal composition, the fine will be from 4 to 5 thousand rubles. Now the minimum sanction is only 500 rubles.
In accordance with the amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, if as a result of obstructing the legitimate actions of doctors the patient’s health was seriously harmed, criminal liability will come - up to imprisonment for up to 2 years. In the event of the death of the patient, the perpetrator may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 4 years.
According to the Chairman of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, the amendments were developed by parliamentarians after several tragic cases, including the situation when a patient died due to a missed ambulance.