Nov 16, 2021
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Vaccination certificate will replace Russian passport

Vaccination certificate will replace Russian passport

Photo: Maxim Kiselev / TASS

On November 15, the Duma Council promptly considered two bills submitted to the lower house at the end of last week. One of them concerns the use of QR codes in public places, the other concerns their introduction when traveling by plane or train. The deputies were clearly in a hurry with the legislative initiative to take emergency measures against the background of the difficult situation with the coronavirus. Both documents were sent for discussion to the regions, the Public and Accounts Chambers, to the Federation Council.

“Legislators, executive authorities, representatives of the public and business, experts will have the opportunity to carefully study them, express their comments and suggestions,” said the Chairman of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin… The conclusion of the regions and departments in the lower chamber will wait until December 14 inclusive.

While the court and the case, we will figure out what these proposals are for. The first draft will change the law “On the sanitary and epidemiological welfare of the population.” It implies a ban on free visits to public events, cultural institutions, as well as catering and retail facilities in Russia. Only those who present a QR code (or a document replacing it) about the vaccination, medical withdrawal from it or the transferred coronavirus will be able to go to these places. Until February 1, 2022 – as a temporary measure – it will also be possible to present a negative PCR test.

At the same time, without any documents, it will be possible to get into pharmacies and organizations that sell essential goods and food. The list of objects in which a QR code will be required will be formed by the regional authorities. The norms will be valid until June 1, 2022.

Another bill will change the Russian Air Code and the Charter of Railway Transport. It involves the introduction of QR codes on trains and planes for intercity and international transport. Requirements for passengers will be the same as for those wishing to visit public places, restaurants and hairdressers.

QR code laws do not apply to minors. They will be able to go to public places or use transport without codes or other documents. For foreigners, the rules for visiting public places will be established by the chief sanitary doctor of Russia.

Vice Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova explained that the period until February 1, 2022 is a transitional period, after which the innovations will work in full force. “We expect to be able to achieve herd immunity rates of 80% of the adult population by next summer, while now it is close to 50%,” she said. “Although I want to emphasize that countries that already have experience of large-scale vaccination of their populations are raising this bar to 90-95% in order to defeat the spread of the pandemic.” According to her, a vaccination certificate should become as important a document in the life of Russians as a passport.

The State Duma Health Protection Committee has already supported the government’s initiatives. The State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption is ready to consider them promptly. Its chairman Vasily Piskarev believes that the proposed changes “will improve the level of security of citizens when visiting places of mass stay.” I wonder if viral safety was meant, or is this not an accidental slip of the tongue?

About 80% of Russians, according to a survey published on the RIA Novosti website, do not support the introduction of QR codes. Less than 12% of respondents approve of the new restrictions.

President of the Constitutional Court Valery Zorkin in his article published in the “RG”, stressed that the government’s bills submitted to the State Duma, cancel and diminish the rights and freedoms of man and citizen under the pretext of fighting the coronavirus. He recalled: “A couple of days ago, after the lockdown, we were informed that the situation had improved, and here is a new government somersault: we are being told about the state of emergency due to the pandemic.”

The head of the HRC also did not stand aside Valery Fadeev, according to which it is “absolutely unacceptable” to deprive people, “especially of older age”, of the opportunity to use public transport and shops if they have not been vaccinated. “It looks a little unhuman. There is some kind of dishonesty in this, – he stressed. – It is necessary to minimize restrictions on rights and freedoms, this should be the spirit of the law. It should help improve the situation with the epidemic in Russia, but we need to be smart about restricting rights and freedoms. “

Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Sergey Glazyev openly announced the monetary interest of lobbyists for compulsory vaccination in Russia. At the same time, he referred to an excerpt from the book “Sevastopol Passion”, which deals with the times of the plague quarantine, when “in 1828 there was no plague in Sevastopol, but there was quarantine.” “Everyone who profited from the epidemic, primarily officials and doctors, was interested in continuing this holiday. All cases of any disease were declared a plague, ”he quoted the book. And he urged to discuss all the calls to introduce mandatory vaccination in Russia at the RAS site. “It’s time for us at the Academy of Sciences,” the scientist said, “to hold a special session with the aim of developing scientifically based measures to combat coronavirus infection and ensure the country’s biological security.”

The bill grossly tramples on civil rights and freedoms, says the deputy chairman of the State Duma committee on the development of civil society, issues of public and religious associations Sergey Obukhov, the Communist Party faction. “There is a ‘sanitary revolution’ in the legislation, and this is a direct path to ‘sanitary despotism’,” he stressed.

The effectiveness of QR-coding in the fight against the pandemic has not been clearly proven, Obukhov said. “In Moscow, the level of herd immunity, according to official data, is well over 60%, and the death rate is breaking records,” he stressed. – The authorities have already got confused in the official versions about the methods and forms of dealing with the pandemic. The same Ginzburg is constantly confused in his comments. It tells us how the virus suddenly began to run away from the antibodies produced by vaccines. He said that the vaccine would save from coronavirus forever, but now it turns out only for six months. The only thing in which he is constant, however, like official propaganda, is accusations against “irresponsible citizens”.

“There should be no division of the citizens of our country into different categories,” said the first deputy chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Yuri Afonin… – A more productive way is to educate people about vaccinations and increase public confidence in the government as a whole. We propose to follow this path. “

State Duma deputy from the “Fair Russia – For Truth” party economist Mikhail Delyagin I saw an attempt at a coup d’etat in the new government bills. “This whole story with QR codes is not aimed at ensuring mass vivisection, but organizing a coup d’état! – he declared. “It aims to make life miserable for all people.”

Head of the New People faction, Doctor of Medical Sciences Alexey Nechaev urged the state to take responsibility for “unsuccessful” vaccinations, after which complications develop. “It is very strange that people are forced to sign a waiver before vaccination … This, of course, clearly does not increase the credibility of coronavirus vaccinations. If they are so good, then why is the state not ready to take responsibility for the consequences? – the deputy asked an almost rhetorical question.

Passions, as we can see, are heating up. And in the coming days they will turn into a tough parliamentary confrontation. The head of the social committee of the Federation Council Inna Svyatenko announced that the upper chamber is ready to consider the law on the introduction of QR codes at the next meeting on November 19, of course, after its adoption by the State Duma in the third reading.

However, government initiatives have caused a wide public outcry and fraught with serious consequences for the authorities. Social networks, including parliamentary ones, were filled with tens of thousands of requests and negative responses. So we decided to slow down with QR-ization and loosen the thrown noose. How long? Won’t they make a surprise quietly on New Year’s Eve?

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