In Astrakhan, the authorities continue to execute the regional law according to which large families are only those families in which all children from one marriage. Item 7-amendment stepchildren were included in part 2 of article 1 of the law of Astrakhan region “About social support of large families” in February 2014.
Since then, the families have repeatedly expressed outrage about this, but the officials are not going to repeal the law, which, according to them, allows to save budget money. Indeed, among the benefits for large families – in particular, the payment of the regional family capital in the amount of 57 thousand rubles.
Recently all benefits after the birth of the seventh child has lost large inhabitant of Astrakhan Bozhenov Alena. The reason for adopting-looking, of course, an absurd decision was the second marriage of a woman. Six children Bazhenova from his first marriage have the surname of the mother. The woman was divorced and remarried. She had another son, then all benefits for family was cancelled, informs NTV.
It is noted that the case for Astrakhan – is far from unique. Mother of many children in the region, deprived of state support, came together in social networks, together women began to write appeals to various authorities. But officials haven’t been able to, and to solve problems suggested women to sacrifice family and divorce.
Currently, many children in the region is considered to be a family in which at least three children and the stepchild or adopted stepdaughter’s second husband. To benefit from the provisions under the law benefits one of the parents has to take legal responsibility for the child under the adoption, the child – to give up their surname, patronymic, family identification, and biological parent – from full right to participate in the child’s life, wrote the newspaper “Volga”.
Even in 2015, Astrakhan social organization of large families submitted to the Duma amendments to the law on large families. The Association has proposed to recognize a large family consisting of a man and a woman, legally married, or a lone parent, dependents, and education who are living together and three more children – relatives, stepchildren, (step-daughters), adopted at the age of 18 (and in the case of training children in universities in full-time education up to 23 years).
The Chairman of Committee of regional Duma on social policy and health Alexander Kozlov has informed that in the same year to finalize the amendments established a working group which began to study the issue. The only limiting factor, admitted the Chairman of the Committee, – Finance. However, until now in Astrakhan the law remains in effect, any decision for change is not accepted.
How many families have lost their state support under this law, is unknown. As early as the spring on the website AST-News.ru indicated the Deputy of the state Duma of the Astrakhan region Alexander Kamanin, the Ministry of social development told him that the number of families with stepchildren and a stepdaughter-in area is not conducted. But from the letter of the Ministry he found out that these families, presumably 11 million, of which approximately five thousand have income below the subsistence minimum.
State Duma Deputy Oleg Shein, who at the time of adoption of the amendment was a member of the regional Duma, commenting on the situation, noted that one of the goals of the law was, “of course, cost savings.” “And this goal has been achieved. There is evidence of cost savings? We give a figure of about 120 million rubles per year,” said Shein, who was quoted by broadcasting company “Petersburg-the Fifth channel”.
According to sociologists, such a radical method of saving can mean for the region’s demographic disaster – if the number of large families would not grow, after a couple of decades the population of the region will be reduced by approximately 300 thousand people, said the TV channel.