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Your neighbors can be fined for noise even during the daytime

Russia may extend the quiet hours rule in apartment buildings to a period during the daytime, according to an amendment to the legislation prepared by the Federation Council, the Russian parliament’s upper house.

The new rule introduces additional quite hours, from 1 pm to 3 pm and from 7 pm to 9 am. Sundays and public holidays will continue to be entirely noise-free, with any violation punishable with fines of up to RUR 40K ($630), Izvestia writes.

The highest fines will be applied to companies, while individuals will have to pay between RUR 500 ($8) and RUR 3K ($47) for making undue noise. The new requirements, however, will not apply to new buildings where residents are allowed to continue interior finishing throughout the daytime.

Senators explain that the bill is intended to benefit families with young children who sleep during the day. However, experts are confident that law enforcement agencies will not be able to respond to all calls, as the new rules will provoke too many complaints.

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