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January 4, 2022, 11:00

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The violators were brought to administrative responsibility, and the unauthorized retail outlets were dismantled.

Inspections of Christmas tree bazaars have been completed in Moscow. Specialists State Inspectorate for Real Estate identified 28 illegal trading platforms.

“Every year in each district of Moscow on specially equipped sites, decorated in the same style, there are about 300 Christmas tree markets. You can buy a live Christmas tree on the eve of the New Year (from 20 to 31 December inclusive). In the course of inspections by the State Inspectorate for Real Estate, 28 Christmas tree bazaars were identified that were installed in violation of the requirements for placement, three of which exceeded the area characteristics and 25 with placement outside the scheme. Violators were brought to administrative responsibility, and unauthorized Christmas tree bazaars were dismantled, ”said the head of the State Inspection for Real Estate

Vladislav Ovchinsky

Entrepreneurs can sell New Year’s trees to Muscovites if the location they have chosen is included in the layout and an agreement has been signed with the city for the location of a non-stationary shopping facility. The Christmas tree bazaars should be completely dismantled from January 1. Inspectors completed a survey of trading floors, all identified violations were eliminated, and the Christmas tree bazaars were dismantled.

According to Vladislav Ovchinsky, the main task of the employees of the State Inspectorate for Real Estate is the prevention of offenses. For entrepreneurs, they conduct regular webinars on the rules for placing Christmas tree bazaars, explain the basic requirements for their arrangement, operation, dismantling, and also show examples of violations.

In case of violations, the State Inspectorate for Real Estate sends materials to the district council to take measures and bring the violators to administrative responsibility. For citizens, a fine is provided in the amount of 2.5 to five thousand rubles, for officials – from five to 10 thousand rubles, for legal entities – from 50 to 200 thousand rubles.

Vladislav Ovchinsky recalled that every year Moscow opens points for the collection and processing of coniferous trees. They are accepted for recycling free of charge. Collected spruce and fir are processed into chips, which are used for filling in animal enclosures and on ecological paths.

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