Regional offices of Roszdravnadzor were ordered to transfer information about citizens participating in the anti-vaccination campaign to law enforcement agencies. This is reported by “Medvestnik” with reference to a copy of the letter from Roszdravnadzor signed by the head of the department, Alla Samoilova. The authenticity of the document was confirmed by the press service of Roszdravnadzor.
According to the order, employees of Roszdravnadzor will have to report anti-vaccinations to the investigating authorities and the prosecutor’s office, with special attention instructed to pay special attention to health workers who oppose vaccination.
We are talking about actions that have signs of offenses falling under Art. 207.1 (public dissemination of knowingly false information about circumstances that pose a threat to the life and safety of citizens) and 207.2 (public dissemination of knowingly false socially significant information, which entailed grave consequences) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The maximum punishment under Art. 207.1 – up to three years in prison, under Art. 207.2 – up to five years if the offender is found guilty of a person’s death or other grave consequences.
Within three days after the transfer of information to the prosecutor’s office or investigative bodies, the territorial bodies of Roszdravnadzor must notify the central office of the department about this. According to the newspaper, the letter appeared after a meeting of the operational headquarters of the Ministry of Health, at which he “was tough” against the anti-vaccination movement.
On November 3, Tatyana Polinskaya, head of the Roszdravnadzor department for the Rostov region, reported that her department had sent five statements to the city prosecutor’s office about the dissemination of “knowingly false information” about the dangers of vaccination against COVID-19.