The Verkhovna Rada took as a basis the government draft law No. 4156, according to which the liability for unauthorized entry into the Exclusion Zone of the Chernobyl NPP is tightened.
Corresponding changes were introduced by the bill "On Amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses and the Criminal Code regarding the enhancement of liability for violation of the requirements of the radiation safety regime in areas affected by radioactive contamination" and supported in the first reading by 269 people's deputies.
The document proposed to impose criminal liability instead of administrative one for violating the requirements of the radiation safety regime in areas exposed to radioactive contamination.
It is also proposed to recognize as a criminal offense entry into the exclusion zone or the zone of unconditional (obligatory) evacuation without providing a legal permit, or unauthorized settlement in them, or the destruction, damage or transfer of radiation pollution signs or the fencing of these zones.
For entry into the exclusion zone or the zone of unconditional (obligatory) evacuation without permission, a fine is set in the amount of 1,000-2,500 tax-free minimum incomes of citizens (17,000-42,500 UAH) or restriction of freedom for a period of 1-3 years.
The same sanctions are provided for in the event of moving outside the exclusion zone or the zone of unconditional (obligatory) evacuation of food, industrial or other products, animals, plants or any other objects without permission.
It was also proposed to impose criminal liability for selling or purchasing the above objects up to imprisonment for up to five years.