Bill banning foreigners from organizing mass events to be submitted to State Duma in autumn session

The bill banning foreign experts from participating in the organization of mass events in Russia, including the events of the Olympics, will be submitted to the Russian State Duma in the autumn session, Russian Federation Council member Sergei Lisovsky, who is the bill author, said.

The bill banning foreign experts from participating in the organization of mass events in Russia, including the events of the Olympics, will be submitted to the Russian State Duma in the autumn session, Russian Federation Council member Sergei Lisovsky, who is the bill author, said.

"I will submit it [the bill] to the State Duma in the autumn session. I was not driven by a sense of patriotism when drafting this document. It concerns a pragmatic approach. Such a ban will stimulate the development of the local show industry, it will create thousands and thousands of new jobs for Russians and, most importantly, it will decrease corruption in this sphere," Lisovsky told Interfax on Thursday.

The bill has already been negatively evaluated by the Russian Olympic Committee and sport agencies, the official said.

"When drafting the bill, I took into account the global experience, in particular, during the Olympics in Vancouver," Lisovsky said. Local authorities have passed a law completely banning foreigners from participating in the organization of events and work related to the preparations for the Olympics, he said.

The bill has been sent to the relevant ministries and agencies for review, Lisovsky said.

Lisovsky said that he did not agree with the opinion that Russia does not have specialists, who could organize such large-scale programs and events. The Universiade in Kazan has shown that "we do not work worse than foreigners," he said.

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