Russia - Article 9

Two aspects of this article have been examined;

  1. Rail travel
     
  2. Guide dogs

Rail

National Rail Travel
Regional Rail Travel
Urban Rail Travel
Transnational Rail Travel
Visiting Russia
 

National Rail Travel

In Russia, the visually impaired and his or her guide pay half price and the dog travels for free on the national rail network
 

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Regional Rail Travel

The regional concession scheme is modelled after the national system whereby the visually impaired and his or her guide pay half price and the dog travels for free.
 

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Urban Rail Travel

The urban concession scheme is modelled after the national system whereby the visually impaired and his or her guide pay half price and the dog travels for free.
 

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Transnational Rail Travel

No information.

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Visiting Russia

In theory, it is impossible to benefit from Russian schemes as a foreign visitor as locally-financed concessions are limited to local residents. In practice, concessions are sometimes granted depending on the willingness of ticket vendors and foreign guide dogs are likely to receive a discounted or free ticket.
 

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Guide Dogs

  1. How many guide dog users are there in your country? The number of guide dogs varies on a day to day basis as new dogs enter service and others are withdrawn. Please provide an estimate figure.

    There are approximately 510 – 550 guide-dog users in Russia.

  2. What regulations, if any, govern guide dogs access to:

     

    1. Public buildings (administration, hospitals, schools, etc.)

      see below

    2. Cultural and sports facilities (cinemas, theatres, museums, libraries, stadiums etc.)

      see below

    3. Leisure facilities (restaurants, hotels, holiday centres, beaches, etc.)

      see below

    4. Retail facilities (supermarkets, department stores, shops, etc.)

      see below
       

    5. Public transport

    see below
     

    1. trains

    2. underground

    3. buses

    4. taxis

    5. planes

    6. ships

    In accordance with the Federal Law – 181 “On social protection of persons with disability in the   Russian Federation”, Article 15.

    Article15.  Provision of unimpeded access to social units for disabled people.

    The government of the Russian Federation, regional  executive bodies, bodies of local self-governments  and  organizations of all legal forms shall  create favourable conditions for disabled people (including those using wheelchairs  and guide-dogs) concerning unimpeded access to social units (residential, public and production buildings, sport facilities, recreation centres, cultural and other institutions) as well as unimpeded use of railway, air, water, intercity motor-car transports  and all types of  urban and suburban passenger transport, communication and information facilities (including  those providing sound duplication for traffic-lights and devices controlling traffic of pedestrians across transport lines).

    (part one, version N 123 of August 8, 2001)

  3. What are the regulations for the import and export of dogs into/from your country, including quarantine and vaccination procedures?

    There are some veterinary requirements in case of import of fur-bearing animals, rabbits, dogs and cats into the Russian Federation. Animals selected for delivery to the RF are kept at least during 21 days at the special quarantine units under observation of the State Veterinary Service run by exporting country. Dogs are subject to the veterinary treatment and to the examination on toxoplasmosis. Animals are vaccinated (if they have not been vaccinated in the course of last 6 months) not later than 14 days before delivery: dogs - with rabies, plague of carnivorous animals, hepatitis, viral enteritis, parvovirus and adenoviral infections, leptospirosis. The veterinary certificate should fully confirm the meeting of all requirements. This certificate (written in home language of exporting country and in Russian language, with indication of date, diagnostic examinations and vaccinations) should be signed by state veterinary doctor from exporting country. After the completing of the state border veterinary control, animals are kept in quarantine in the course of 30 days in the specially equipped premises.
     

    1. Are exceptions made for guide dogs?

      No exceptions available.

    2. Are the regulations such as to restrict spontaneous voyages?

       

    3. How much time is needed to fulfil the requirements?

       

      1.  For the first time

         

      2. For subsequent visits with the same dog

        Deadlines are fixed by the exporting country.

  4. Is there a certification process for the training and provision of guide dogs? If yes, please provide basic details, in particular on the difference between mandatory and optional certifications.

    No certification for guide-dog is required.

  5. Is there an allowance or other financial aid to help guide dog users with the upkeep of their animals (food, veterinary, etc.)?

    Yes, in accordance with the RF Governmental Regulation N 708 of November 30, 2005 the annual allowance of 10000 Russian roubles (250 euros) is paid.

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