Russia might start taking kids away if caught at rallies

Russia might start taking kids away if caught at rallies
Sergei Vostretsov, St. Petersburg State Duma deputy

Deputy Vostretsov said he would prepare the amendments for the second reading of the draft law on imposing administrative responsibility for involving a minor in an unauthorized public gathering.

Sergei Vostretsov, a St. Petersburg State Duma deputy, is proposing to deprive parents of their rights if their children get caught at an unauthorized rally for the third time. Before that, a fine would be enough, the deputy believes.

The deputy said that on November 7 and is quoted by the Moscow News Agency. According to the United Russia member, parents should definitely be fined if their minor children are participating in protest actions. Vostretsov even named the approximate fine. “Of course, not the huge amounts that the rally organizers should pay, but even as much as 3 or 5 thousand rubles will be enough for the first time,” the parliamentarian estimated.

In the case of repeated violation, the United Russia deputy argues that the guardianship bodies should be involved. “That would signal that a deeper inquiry is needed to see whether the children should even stay with parents who don’t take care of them. Perhaps, if a child is seen in an unauthorized rally more than twice, we should consider depriving their parents of their rights,” the deputy concludes.

Deputy Vostretsov said he would prepare the amendments for the second reading of the draft law on imposing administrative responsibility for involving a minor in an unauthorized public gathering. If they cannot be introduced, the deputy is willing to make his idea a separate bill.

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