Russian night noise fine criticized

Oct. 11, 2012 at 10:58 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Russia's Public Chamber criticized a proposal to impose fines of about $1,000 for nighttime noises in St. Petersburg.

The Public Chamber, which analyzes draft legislation and monitors Russian governmental bodies, said the bill before the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly would outlaw "nocturnal screams and knockings" in addition to "whistling, the moving of furniture, singing and the playing of musical instruments, as well as any other actions that disturb the peace and quiet at night," RIA Novosti reported Thursday.

The fine would also apply to residents whose pets make late-night noises.

"We have seen a lot of strange legislative initiatives coming from St. Petersburg," said Anatoly Kucherena, the head of the Public Chamber's safety committee. "All this is turning the lawmaking process into some kind of clowning around."

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