The government has decided to ease the ban on selling alcohol without a passport

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Minpromtorg has developed a draft resolution allowing to show when buying alcohol not a passport and a driver’s license, found out “Kommersant”. The new measure will work from the end of March next year

The Ministry has prepared a draft government decree, according to which the list of documents allowing to establish age of the buyer of alcohol, added a driver’s license. About it writes “Kommersant” with reference to the copy of the letter of the Ministry addressed to one of the retailers.

The document says that this decision will take effect from 31 March 2017. Of the impending changes to know the representatives of the two retail chains and the head of the Association of retail companies (akort) Ilya Lomakin-Rumyantsev, the publication adds.

In the Ministry the request for publication is not answered.

As the paper notes, today, you can buy alcohol upon presentation of a Russian passport, and also foreign, diplomatic or official. In addition, the list of documents to determine the age of the buyer of alcohol includes a temporary identity card, seaman’s passport or foreign national, military card, residence permit or temporary residence permit in Russia, refugee certificate or certificate of temporary asylum in Russia.

For selling alcohol to minors is a penalty in the amount of 30-50 thousand RUB for individuals, 100-200 thousand rubles — for officials and 300-500 thousand rubles — for legal entities. For the second violation subject to criminal liability.

Retailers support the initiative of the Ministry. They note that because of the inability to sell alcohol on the passport have to give about 1% of all transactions with alcohol. The source of the newspaper noted that driver’s license contain all necessary for determination of the age of information, people often have them to yourself, than a passport.

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