Moscow authorities have decided to stop collecting fines imposed but not paid for violating coronavirus restrictions, as well as to pay subsidies to businesses and citizens to compensate for previously paid fines, as said by the city mayor Sergei Sobyanin.
“Administrative penalties have made a significant contribution to solving the problem of saving the health and life of Muscovites, helped to fight the covid infection […] I have decided to declare a covid amnesty. Moscow’s executive authorities will stop work on collecting fines imposed, but not paid, for violating covid restrictions,” Sobyanin wrote in his blog on May 25, 2022.
He also said that the government of the capital will pay subsidies to businesses and citizens to compensate for previously paid fines. At the same time, he stressed that the amnesty will not affect fines for non-compliance with the isolation regime during illness.
Sobyanin noted that for two years most citizens faithfully observed the forced restrictions, and if violations occurred, they paid a fine.
“In total, we will stop collecting or return about 13.6 billion rubles, which in the current conditions will be a tangible measure of support for business and Muscovites,” Sobyanin said.
To receive subsidies, citizens, individual entrepreneurs, and legal entities can apply to the “My Documents” centers no later than December 31, 2022, with an attachment of a decree on the imposition of an administrative penalty and a document confirming the payment of a fine. The amnesty itself comes into force on June 1, 2022.