Legislation to provide life insurance for volunteers in Russia
Legislation to provide life insurance for volunteers
The Bill to provide life insurance for volunteers has completed its third reading in the State Duma and will come into force on 1 January 2023. The Bill has been welcomed by 4,562 people on the Odobreno (Approved) website.
According to the legislation, a volunteer will receive compensation from the federal budget if he/she is injured. In the event of their death, money will be distributed among the victim’s relatives. The amount involved, terms and conditions and the procedure for receiving payments will be agreed by the Government. Injuries could occur as a result of participating in:
- Responding to emergencies and their aftermath;
- Preventing or extinguishing fires;
- Searching for missing persons;
- Helping victims of natural disasters and other major incidents;
- Providing assistance to refugees and internally displaced people;
- Helping to provide medical care.
Voluntary organisations (checked for authenticity) will be registered on a central information system to ensure they do not receive compensation illegally.
Artem Metelev, Chair of the Association of Volunteer Centres and a member of the State Duma, has made a film in support of the Bill that explains why it is important for the State to insure volunteers, including medics and search and rescuers.
Update as at 17.00hrs on 5 October
The Federation Council has approved legislation that expands the list of volunteer activities to include helping organisations to provide medical care and assisting internal affairs authorities and other law enforcement agencies in the maintenance of public order.