Child for debt? Tatarstan district head proposes taking children from indebted utilities users

Child for debt? Tatarstan district head proposes taking children from indebted utilities users
Aleksandr Tygin

The Head of a Tatarstan district offered to take children from families indebted for electricity. As the administration official noted to RBC, it is about non-payers in the houses where children may die.

The authorities of Zelenodolsk municipal district of Tatarstan made a proposal to take children from families with debts for electricity and gas.

When reporting this information, Vechernyaya Kazan cites a document signed by Head of the district Aleksandr Tygin.

According to Tygin's order, the district head's subordinates are to organize the work of the Department of Custody and Guardianship on taking away minor children living in dwellings with debt for energy resources. 

District administration's representative for Public Relations Aleksandr Korshunov commented on this initiative to RBC. According to him, "it is about non-payers in the houses where children may die."

Deprivation of children, as Korshunov explained Tygin's order, an extreme measure, which should be taken if experts see that the child is in danger of death. Korshunov noted that such families are under special supervision in Tatarstan after five children died in the Leninogorsk district in January 2016. The children had lived in a family with parents with antisocial lifestyle. After gas and electricity had been switched off, the premises were heated using homemade devices, which caused a fire and resulted in the children's death. During the past year, he said, the district authorities took 11 children away from dysfunctional families for this very reason.

Meanwhile, Children's Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation Anna Kuznetsova has already sent a request to verify the legality of the district administration's actions to the Prosecutor's Office. Tatarstan Children’s Rights Ombudsman Guzel Udachina has declared such actions illegal.

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