The legislative assembly in St Petersburg have approved a bill that introduces fines for loud moaning at night as well as dog howling and cat stomping.The fresh amendment to the City Law on Administrative Offences also forbids knocking on walls, moving furniture, squeaks and dogs howling from eleven in the evening till seven in the morning. The law says first time offenders will be warned, but repeat offenders will be punished by fines from 500 to 4000 roubles ($16-$130). Officials will be fined between 5 to 10 thousand roubles and for legal entities – 25-50 thousand roubles. The bill does not go into detail on how people can make noise in their official or business capacity, but most likely the provisions deal with those who rent offices in residential buildings. All limitations are applied only to residents of apartment blocks. The law on responsibility for disturbing the silence was first introduced in St Petersburg two years ago. Then deputies banned recorded and live music, songs, shouting and also making repairs and setting off fireworks, including firecrackers. Recently the deputies decided the law should be amended with additional limitations and started collecting suggestions from the public. As a result, Deputy Aleksey Timofeyev said he had received numerous letters from voters complaining their neighbors were making too much noise during sex. The same politician also asked the legislators to “solve the problems of those who suffer from howling dogs”.Some politicians, however, have objected to the rules as they found them excessive. Activists from the youth branch of the liberal party Yabloko said they wanted to put a bed near the office of the legislative assembly so that a man and a woman could get into it and “imitate the movements that could potentially make a noise“. The bed never materialised as local police banned the installing of“architectural forms”, such as beds, in the streets of the historical city. Members of the Russian Public Chamber also noted that they found the bill rather weird and called upon the St. Pete legislators to show a more serious approach to their work.