Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced on Wednesday that fines for Covid-19 infractions will no longer be enforced to battle growing inflation and the economic consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to Sobyanin’s website, sanctions pressure has been reduced in recent weeks.

There are many other issues to deal with right now. Real earnings have declined. As a result, I’ve decided to pardon Covid.” Residents and businesses that have previously paid fines will get their money back as of June 1, according to Sobyanin, who announced the move.

Only those who disobeyed self-quarantine orders will be forgiven. A citywide mask mandate was among the numerous remaining coronavirus regulations removed by the Russian capital in mid-March. While pandemic laws were in effect, officials went about collecting unpaid fines from businesses and individuals.

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