QR code bill passes high by Tatarstan State Council — RealnoeVremya.com
The ‘dissident’ deputies were invited to the ‘red’ zone
Tatarstan’s State Council overwhelmingly supported the draft federal law on the introduction of QR codes in public places and transport in Russia. Seventy-three deputies representing the United Russia faction voted in favor, seven members of the Communist Party of Russia, A Just Russia, and the Liberal Democratic Party voted against. After a heated discussion in parliament, Tatarstan’s Health Minister Marat Sadykov told Realnoe Vremya that he would send invitations to all deputies – “dissidents” to visit the “red zone”, which did not not scared the LDPR MP Eduard Sharafiev, who agreed to come to at any time.
Allow QR Codes
Deputies of Tatarstan discussed the most “sensitive” federal bill – on the introduction of a QR code system for visiting public places and traveling by transport throughout the country. It was submitted to the State Duma two weeks ago, and during this time the regions had the opportunity to express their position. Of course, many if not all topics have followed the experience of Tatarstan, which a few days ago was the first to introduce QR codes for journeys on all types of public transport. Now they are waiting for the final “summary” of the regional parliament in the form of amendments on how to properly move the “qrization” on transport.
The heads of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Arbitration Court of the Republic of Tatarstan, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Tatarstan and many federal law enforcement agencies were invited as as observers to the discussion of the federal bill. However, none of them asked for the floor to assess the legality of introducing the QR code system.
The federal bill was presented by the chairwoman of the social policy commission, Svetlana Zakharova. She said the amendments to the Law on Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of the Population suggest that “citizens will be able to visit places of mass events, cultural institutions, catering and retail establishments with the presentation either a QR code on the vaccination, or a document confirming that a person has had the coronavirus, or a medical exemption from vaccination”.
“Until February 1, if a person does not have the necessary documentation to visit these facilities, they will have the option of presenting a negative PCR test. After February 1, only citizens benefiting from a medical exemption will have this possibility”, she underlined.
Svetlana Zakharova: “Until February 1, if a person does not have the necessary documentation to visit these facilities, they will have the option of presenting a negative PCR test. After February 1, only citizens benefiting from a medical exemption will have this possibility.
At the same time, the decision on the use of QR codes and the list of objects where they are required will be made by regional authorities. From February 1, 2022, Russians will be able to visit places of mass events, cultural institutions, catering and retail establishments upon presentation of either a vaccination certificate or a previous illness, or a medical exemption from vaccination. Similar documents will be required for the purchase of train and plane tickets. The measure is “urgent” and will work, according to authorities’ plans, until June 1, 2022, when the country will reach 80% herd immunity.
“Here we sit at the Council of State – why don’t we get in using QR codes?”
Before the vote, the representative of the LDPR faction, Eduard Sharafiev, was the first to speak:
“I am for voluntary vaccination, it is possible to defeat the pandemic if we develop collective immunity.
But at the same time he opposed the introduction of the QR code system.
“I have not received a single call from a voter asking to support this initiative,” he said, adding that “I am inundated with calls from citizens urging us not to support this initiative.” .
According to him, the experience on transport only led to fights with drivers.
“The first week has passed. What do we have? Just fight. Has it brought us closer to safety?” he exclaimed rhetorically. “If a vaccinated and infected person gets on public transport, then nothing threatens him, because the vaccine works. If an unvaccinated person gets on the transport, they cannot infect a vaccinated person. nobody,” he reasoned.
Sharafiev believes that the current measures are sufficient, it is important to increase the pace of vaccination.
“Here we are sitting in the Council of State – why don’t we get in using QR codes? If they are used on public transport, in shopping malls, then why do we need masks? “, he complained. “I don’t understand these drifts, we try to divide our society with codes.
Eduard Sharafiev: “The first week has passed. What do we have? Just fight. Did it bring us closer to safety?”
“Russia is not a pioneer in the introduction of QR codes”
“This measure is restrictive, temporary and forced. It is a pity that our fellow citizens are sincerely mistaken about the necessity and the legality”, protests Igor Bikeev, deputy of United Russia.
He believes that many people have been victims of unreliable and false information circulating on social networks.
“Some calls are written in the same pattern – the same texts with stamps, false information,” Bikeev alluded to the “anti-vaxxer” letters the LDPR received.
According to him, these measures are necessary to save lives and are not new.
“Russia is not the pioneer. Israel, Italy, France, part of the United States, China,” he cited the examples.
Igor Bikeev: “Russia is not the pioneer. Israel, Italy, France, part of the USA, China…”
The whole faction of the Communist Party opposed it. The communists propose to do a job of explanation with the population.
“Society is divided, fear! There was no normal explanatory work. People should be met halfway, not just forced to get vaccinated,” MP Fadbir Safin said.
“Scuffles are a bad thing, but there is an effect”
The position was also expressed by the representative of the Just Russia party, Almir Mikheev.
“Our position is that vaccination should and can only be voluntary. It is very strange that instead of dialogue, the government again increases the pressure on the citizens. In fact, we are getting a loyalty killing in our very core electorate. They are state employees, pensioners, remnants of medium-sized enterprises. In my opinion, the federal center has again withdrawn and given the solution to this problem to the regions. Tatarstan again serves as a testing ground. If everything goes well here, it means that they will start implementing it throughout Russia. If not, that means the local government is to blame. I believe that we must stop experimenting on our own fellow citizens. We need to do mass testing, identify infected people, isolate them and treat them, not make fun of people who are not infected but have even purchased this code. I don’t see any sense,” he shared his opinion.
Deputy and Rector of Kazan State Medical University Aleksey Sozinov asked to speak. He continued the conversation about the letters from the voters. It turned out that he also received 24 letters offering to reject the bill.
“I don’t agree that they are written in the same pattern. They are different and the main argument is a flagrant violation of human rights and freedoms,” he noted.
But he compared the introduction of QR codes to seat belts, which were once annoying but still provided safety.
“Fighting is a bad thing, but there is an effect, the morbidity situation is improving,” Sozinov said.
According to him, the number of deaths is now increasing: the death rate in the country is 4%, and in the Republic of Tatarstan – 3.24%.
Aleksey Sozinov: “Scuffles are a bad thing, but there is an effect, the morbidity situation is improving”
“What other explanations are needed if 16,000 doctors are working in the red zone all the time”
“What other explanations are needed if 16,000 doctors are working in the red zone all the time!” Svetlana Zakharova fumed.
According to her, it is worth inviting the authors of these letters to work as volunteers in hospitals.
“Our doctors don’t have time to write these letters! What kind of explanatory work – turn on any TV channel,” she said.
Concluding the discussion, the President of the Council of State, Farid Mukhametshin, urged opponents of QR codes to vote in favor.
“Support him, it won’t be your fault, and otherwise you won’t sleep at night,” he addressed the LDPR deputy. “1,185 dead, 10-12 people die every day. The government passed the resolution in the name and to save lives. You know how much criticism there has been that the Russian Federation is moving slowly, the population is to die.
Farid Mukhametshin: “1,185 dead, 10 to 12 people die every day. The government passed the resolution in the name and for the sake of saving people’s lives”
After the heated discussion in parliament, Tatarstan’s Health Minister Marat Sadykov told Realnoe Vremya that he would send invitations to all “dissident” MPs to visit the red zone. This did not scare off LDPR MP Eduard Sharafiev, who in a conversation with the publication said he was willing to come at any time.
Luiza Ignatieva. Photo: tatarstan.ru