Russia Shelves National QR Codes After Massive Pushback From the Outraged Narod

The State Duma has dropped legislation that would have created a national QR code system—arguably the most unpopular proposed law in recent Russian history.

The unanimous decision was announced by Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin on his Telegram channel.

Notably, even state media acknowledged the bill was dropped after massive push-back from outraged Russians:

The chairman of the lower house also thanked people for the feedback received while discussing the draft law. Earlier, Volodin’s post relating to the bill on the COVID-19 certificates with QR codes gained 1 mln views and over 700,000 comments. The Russian parliamentarian noted that the deputies received more than 120,000 official appeals concerning this initiative.

“It is essential to listen to each other. This will help to avoid mistakes and hammer out the right decisions based on dialogue,” the State Duma’s chairman emphasized.

Our friends at Katyusha have described this development as a clear victory and evidence that the federal government was “afraid to be left alone, with the people enraged by its actions”—especially as Washington & Co. continue to raise the stakes with the Kremlin.

National cattle tags were supposed be be rushed through in December. Instead, the legislation was kicked back to the regions for review. Even though United Russia—which led the cattle tag charge—could have pulled the trigger at any time, they realized literally nobody supported this completely deranged and anti-human law.

The final push was supposed to come in mid-January. Instead, more hesitancy. Last week it was announced the vote would be postponed until early February.

And now we learn the bill has been shelved indefinitely.

You can’t take this one away from the Russian people; their vocal and near-unanimous opposition to cattle tags made the Uniparty think twice. And not just think twice—United Russia is clearly afraid to vote on national cattle tags.

Very cool. But Edward Slavsquat—the perpetual party-pooper—feels compelled to ask: does this actually change anything?

The answer, regrettably, is “probably nope.”

Regional cattle tags: so hot right now!

The Kremlin—which supported national cattle-tagging, in case you didn’t know—is just going sit back and relax while the regions do the dirty work. We know this because Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov basically said as much after confirming the national QR code law had been withdrawn:

Peskov said that President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Deputy Prime Minister, head of the operational headquarters Tatyana Golikova are in daily contact with the subjects of the Federation.

“There is no need for additional actions here, they will be carried out anyway,” he said, recalling that the regions have special powers that no one has canceled.

Dmitry Peskov thinks a national QR code law is superfluous because Russians will still be subjected to ubiquitous cattle-tagging at the regional level—that’s what he’s saying here, correct?

See, this is the problem: the national QR code law was just a formality or perhaps an ill-conceived attempt to speed up the tagging process.

Russians are still getting tagged. Nothing has changed.

For example: the mustachioed Mel Brooks doppelganger currently lording over St. Petersburg is a cattle tag fanatic who has vowed Russia’s second-largest city will never return to normal.

People seem to forget that on November 1, TASS reported all of Russia’s 85 federal subjects had adopted some kind of cattle tag system. Our understanding is that several regions have since rolled back or temporarily suspended the use of QR codes. However, the scope (and enforcement) of cattle tag rules varies from region to region. Some parts of Russia have greatly expanded their use of QR codes since November—St. Petersburg and Tatarstan being the two obvious examples.

The national QR code law would have created a unified, lockstep cattle tag standard. This can still be accomplished—the Kremlin can simply push individual regions to adopt the same rules and enforcement measures. Easy!

The same thing happened with compulsory vaccination, by the way. The Kremlin pretended it was a decision being decided at the regional level. Then, in a span of about two weeks, every region in Russia adopted some form of compulsory vaccination.

It is what it is.

  1. Neo says

    Yeah. The ‘Powers That Be’ never give up on their agenda. They just try another angle or try again later. That’s why it all has to be completely defeated. And that’s why the coming years will be so exciting. It’s all or nothing for them and us.

    I like that the Russian people reject QR codes. People here don’t see the danger of getting tagged like cattle. A lot of the covid scam and QR codes has to do with the collapse of fiat currency and preparation for digital currency. (Control of Energy, Food, Money).

    It’s good to hear about Russia from Russians living in Russia.

    Nice song at the end by real people singing from the heart.

    I’ve lost a lot of respect for so many of my fellow humans who seem too fearful, stupid, or weak to even educate themselves. — You can’t wake someone pretending to be asleep.

    But I absolutely love the awake and aware people everywhere even more.

  2. Ultrafart the Brave says

    The chairman of the lower house also thanked people for the feedback received while discussing the draft law. Earlier, Volodin’s post relating to the bill on the COVID-19 certificates with QR codes gained 1 mln views and over 700,000 comments. The Russian parliamentarian noted that the deputies received more than 120,000 official appeals concerning this initiative.”

    It’s clear that whatever their other failings, Russia has a more functional “democracy” than off-the-rails basket cases like Australia.

    A petition with 150,000 signatures was submitted to the Victorian Governor calling on her to scrub Dictator Dan’s legislation to make him Emporer of Victoria – and she just blew her nose on the petition before wiping her arse on it and flushing it down the toilet.

    Ditto about half a dozen other “petitions” submitted to various Australian State and Federal governments over the last year – all wiped on politicians’ arses before being tossed down the loo (and then they laugh at us and fart in our general direction before sending the crooked cops around to roughen us up a bit).

    Oh, for the freedom and liberty you have in Russia!

    1. Maiasta says

      Not sure that Russia is any freer. It probably just has a more headstrong population, one that still has a living memory of what open dictatorship was like, and has no intention of returning to it. It seems that national psychology is a greater determining factor in who stays “free” and who doesn’t. Western populations have been rendered docile by consumerism and mass entertainment for over half a century. They’re easy pickings when compared to members of the ex-Soviet bloc.

  3. dr zoidberg says

    please rise up with violence!

  4. GMC says

    Looks like the younger Russian Federatsi’s and not the old Soviet minded folks that are not into another mandate. – Edward. Not necessarily all, but close.
    The Oblasts are filled with too many Yes men and that will be another problem. Especially here. But so far – a good win – Congrats.

  5. Zhanna says

    Does the British like to call Russians “brutes”? Centuries – old arrogance and hatred of the unconquered by the empire ? We, in Russia, do not know that any tags have been introduced, but who cannot believe the Briton?

    1. Max says

      Russia has the most rebellious people in the whole world.

  6. Max says

    Russian government has no backbone and they is afraid of their citizens. They implemented QR code mandates and then they canceled it, then reintroduced again and dropped it again.

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