Moscow Region child rights ombudsman backs penalties for alluring minors to rallies
MOSCOW, May 11 (RAPSI) - The Moscow Region children’s rights ombudsman Ksenia Mishonova has supported a bill introducing administrative sanctions against those alluring minors to take part in unauthorized public events such as meetings, demonstrations, or pickets, according to the statement published on the ombudsman’s website.
Mishonova believes that the necessity of such initiative has brewed long ago. Organizers of protest movements often manipulate teenagers’ minds and push them for aggression, the ombudsman said. Nobody can guarantee children’s safety during unauthorized rallies; calls for participation in such actions are crimes, she added.
On Thursday, the bill to prevent participation of minors in unauthorized public events in order to protect their lives, health and development was submitted to the State Duma.
The draft law envisages introduction of fines up to 50,000 rubles (about $803 at the present exchange rate), compulsory community service for up to 100 hours, or detention for up to 15 days. As concerns officials and legal persons, the sanctions are to be fines up to 100,000 rubles (about $1,605) and up to 500,000 rubles ($8,030) respectively.
The bill developed by four representatives of the United Russia party is to amend Russia’s Code of Administrative Offences.