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Acting Governor Asked to Lift Ban on Sunbathing in St. Petersburg Parks

Published: June 12, 2014 (Issue # 1815)



  • Pursuing leisure activities in many of the city's parks can result in fines.
    Photo: Florstein / Wikimedia Commons

United Russia Deputy Alexei Makarov has questioned Acting Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko over the groundlessness of administrative fines for sunbathing and playing chess on the lawns in city parks and squares. The deputy noted that for such recreational activities, which in fact do not cause any damage to greenery, St Petersburg residents face an administrative fine of between 3,000 and 5,000 three rubles ($87.20 and $145.34).

Makarov previously addressed a similar question to Vice Governor Igor Divinsky. An appeal was forwarded to the Committee on Law and Order, which considered the fines to be reasonable.

Deputy Makarov noted that while sunbathing in memorial parks such as Park Pobedy in the Moskovsky district is, of course, impossible, other parks, such as Park Aviatorov is quite suitable for these purposes. Makarov is asking Poltavchenko to lift the ban on sunbathing and other recreational activities that do not harm the environment in urban gardens, parks and squares.





 


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