Deputy PM Khloponin urges media to leave out offenders’ nationality
The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Khloponin appealed to the media saying they should stop mentioning perpetrators’ nationality when covering cases of law violation.
He stated this at the Patriot Forum at Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, TASS reported.
"Whenever you turn on the TV it’s always a "Caucasus wedding" or a "Caucasus country." We cannot label criminals by their ethnicity. (...) We just will not be able to move forward unless we stop looking for a national trait in every crime”, Khloponin said.
The Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika came up with a similar proposal in 2014, and the speaker of the Moscow City Duma Vladimir Platonov advocated this back in 2007. The President Vladimir Putin backed his proposal.
In May 2016, the State Duma rejected a bill proposed by Chechen deputies, which banned any mentioning of nationality and religion of terrorists in the media. The initiative received a negative response from the Committee on Information Policy and Ethnic Affairs, but still was supported by the Committee for Public Associations and Religious Organizations. The authors of the bill claimed all the improper comparisons and expressions used in the media are only smoothing the way for terrorists.
Moscow Region Government is going to devolve burial and funeral powers on the Directorate-General for regional security that is headed by a person who comes from the M-Directorate of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) - Roman Karataev.
Investigators of the Investigative Committee in the Voronezh region verify information on a high-profile road accident, which was caused by a judge of the Liskinsky District Court, Evgeny Kapustin. Three people were seriously injured as a result of the accident.
Businessman Valery Markelov, who was arrested in the case of Dmitry Zakharchenko, the former acting head of the Department “T” of the Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption of the MIA, testified to the investigators about the theft of the Russian Railways money.