QR codes bill goes very hard at Tatarstan State Council – RealnoeVremya.com
‘Dissident’ deputies have been invited to the ‘red’ zone
The State Council of Tatarstan overwhelmingly supported the federal bill on the introduction of QR codes in public places and on transport in Russia. Seventy-three MPs 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 MPs – “dissidents” to visit the “red zone”, which did not not frightened LDPR deputy Eduard Sharafiev, who agreed to come at any time.
Allow QR codes
MPs from Tatarstan discussed the most âsensitiveâ 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, subjects followed the experience of Tatarstan, which a few days ago was the first to introduce QR codes for travel on all types of public transport. From now on, they are awaiting the final âsummaryâ of the regional parliament in the form of amendments on how to properly pass âqrisationâ 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 have been invited as as observers to the discussion of the federal bill. However, none of them asked for the floor to assess the legality of the introduction of the QR code system.
The federal bill was presented by the chairman of the Committee on Social Policy, Svetlana Zakharova. She said the amendments to the Law on the Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of the Population suggest that “citizens will be able to visit places of mass events, cultural institutions, catering and retail businesses with the presentation either a QR code on vaccination, or a document confirming that a person has had a coronavirus, or a medical exemption from vaccination â.
âUntil February 1, if a person does not have the necessary documentation to visit these establishments, they will be able to present a negative PCR test. After February 1, only citizens benefiting from a medical exemption will have this possibility “, she underlined.
Svetlana Zakharova: âUntil February 1, if a person does not have the necessary documents to visit these establishments, they will be able to present a negative PCR test. After February 1st, only citizens benefiting from a medical exemption will have this possibility â
At the same time, the decision to use QR codes and the list of objects where they are required will be taken by the regional authorities. From February 1, 2022, Russians will have the opportunity to visit places of mass events, cultural institutions, catering and retail establishments with the presentation of either a vaccination certificate or a disease prior, or a medical exemption from vaccination. Similar documents will be required for the purchase of train and plane tickets. This measure is “urgent” and will work, according to the authorities’ plans, until June 1, 2022, when the country will obtain 80% collective immunity.
âHere we sit on the Council of State – why don’t we enter using QR codes? “
Before the vote, LDPR faction representative Eduard Sharafiev was the first to speak:
âI am for voluntary vaccination, it is possible to beat 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 transport experience only led to fights with conductors.
âThe first week has passed. What do we have? Just a fight. Has it brought us closer to safety? He exclaimed rhetorically. âIf a vaccinated and infected person gets on public transport, then nothing threatens them, because the vaccine works. If an unvaccinated person gets on the transport, then they cannot infect a vaccinee. nobody, âhe reasoned.
Sharafiev believes that the current measures are sufficient, it is important to increase the rate of vaccination.
âHere we sit on the Council of State – why don’t we enter using QR codes? If they are used in public transport, in shopping malls, then why do we need masks? “He complained.” I do not understand these excesses, we are trying to divide our society with codes .
Eduard Sharafiev: âThe first week has passed. What do we have? Just a fight. Has it brought us closer to safety? “
“Russia is not a pioneer in the introduction of QR codes”
âThis measure is restrictive, temporary and forced. It is a pity that our fellow citizens are sincerely mistaken about necessity and legality “, declared Igor Bikeev, deputy of United Russia, defying him.
He believes that many people have fallen victim to unreliable and false information circulating on social networks.
“Some of the appeals are written on the same pattern – the same texts with stamps, false information,” Bikeev suggested to the “anti-vaxxer” letters the LDPR received.
According to him, these measures are necessary to save lives and are not new.
âRussia is not the pioneer. Israel, Italy, France, part of the United States, China, “he cited as examples.
Igor Bikeev: âRussia is not the pioneer. Israel, Italy, France, part of the USA, China … â
The entire Communist Party faction opposed it. The Communists propose to carry out explanatory work with the population.
âSociety is divided, scared! There was no normal explanatory work. People must be met halfway, and not just forced to be vaccinated, âsaid MP Fadbir Safin.
“Fighting is a bad thing, but there is an effect”
The position was also expressed by the representative of the A Just Russia party, Almir Mikheev.
âOur position is that vaccination should and can only be voluntary. It is very strange that instead of having a dialogue, the government again increases the pressure on the citizens. In fact, we get a loyalty that kills in our very electorate. They are civil servants, retirees, vestiges of medium-sized businesses. In my opinion, the federal center withdrew again and gave the solution to this problem to the regions. Tatarstan is again serving as a testing ground. If all goes well here, it means that they will start to implement it all over Russia. If not, it 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 and treat, and not make fun of people who are not infected but have even bought this code. I don’t see any sense, “he shared his opinion.
MP and Rector of Kazan State Medical University Alexei Sozinov has asked for the floor. He continued the conversation on letters from voters. It turned out that he also received 24 letters with the proposal to reject the bill.
âI don’t agree that they are written the same way. They are different and the main argument is a blatant violation of human rights and freedoms, “he noted.
But he compared the introduction of QR codes to seat belts, which were once boring, 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: “Fighting is a bad thing, but there is an effect, the morbidity situation is improving”
“What other explanations are needed if 16,000 doctors are working all the time in the red zone”
“What further explanation is needed if 16,000 doctors are working all the time in the red zone!” Svetlana Zakharova was fuming.
According to her, it is worth inviting the authors of these letters to work as volunteers in hospitals.
âOur doctors don’t have time to write these letters! What kind of explanatory work – turn on any TV channel, âshe said.
Concluding the discussion, State Council Chairman Farid Mukhametshin urged opponents of QR codes to vote in favor.
“Support him, it will not be your fault, and if not, you will not sleep at night”, he addressed to the LDPR deputy. “1,185 dead, 10 to 12 people die every day. The government passed the resolution in the name and to save lives. You know how many criticisms there have been that the Russian Federation is acting slowly, the people are to die.
Farid Mukhametshin: â1,185 dead, 10 to 12 people die every day. The government passed the resolution in the name and to save lives â
After the heated discussion in parliament, Tatarstan’s Health Minister Marat Sadykov told Realnoe Vremya that he would send out invitations to all MPs – “dissidents” to visit the red zone. This did not frighten LDPR deputy Eduard Sharafiev, who, in a conversation with the publication, said he was willing to come anytime.
Luiza Ignatyeva. Photo: tatarstan.ru