RUSSIALINK: “Duma adopts bill allowing govt to declare emergency situation” – Interfax

Russian State Duma Building file photo

MOSCOW. March 31 (Interfax) – A bill allowing the government to declare high alert or an emergency situation throughout the Russian territory was adopted by the State Duma on Tuesday.

The government submitted the legislative initiative to the State Duma on March 26.

According to the explanatory note, the bill aims to regulate relations arising from the need for rapid response to the challenges presented by the 2019-nCOV spread.

The bill allows the government to declare high alert or an emergency situation throughout the Russian territory or in particular regions and to establish mandatory rules of conduct in the event of high alert or an emergency situation.

The government is also allowed to coordinate the unified state system of emergency prevention and mitigation, and the list of causes of emergency situations is augmented with “the spreading of a socially dangerous disease.”

In addition, the bill allows restriction of wholesale and retail trade in medications listed by the government for the period of no more than 90 days in case of an emergency situation or “the threat of a socially dangerous disease.”