Almost half of Russians (45%) consider necessary the adoption of the Russian law on so-called tax on parasitism, according to which their disabled fellow citizens will have to pay for the actual use of social infrastructure, reports RIA “Novosti” with reference to a survey conducted by sociologists of the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion (VTSIOM).

The same number of study participants identified “parasitism” as the absence of work without good cause and unwillingness to work. Another 21% of respondents called the parasites of all unemployed, and 8% of those who live for others. Less to this category of people the respondents identified alcoholics, drug addicts and beggars.

Opinions about punishment for parasitism were divided: 45% of respondents believe it is adequate punishment year of corrective labor for those who shy away from employment for more than six months, while 47% disagree.

The poll was held among 1.6 thousand people in 130 populated localities in 46 regions of Russia, say the researchers.

Contradictory statements from the White house

September 28, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets reported on the development in Russia of the bill, according to which “those citizens who have chosen the path narabotu, they will have to make a payment for actual use of social infrastructure.”

Current legislation allows Russian citizens to work and pay the insurance contributions, including in system of obligatory medical insurance (OMS). However, according to the Deputy head of the government in Russia can be up to seven million people of working age who are not officially working, does not pay contributions to the social Fund, but use the services under the MLA.

Therefore, the country needs a bill that will oblige officially unemployed citizens to pay for the use of clinics and hospitals, said the Golodets.

Later that same day, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Russian Federation has denied the words Golodets, stating that “neither the government nor the Ministry of labor is not under development any bills that would imply the introduction of free medical care for unemployed citizens”.

Medical aid in state and municipal health care institutions to all citizens for free, this constitutional guarantee, he said at the White house.

Comments from the Kremlin on the subject at the time of writing this note has not been received.

Eyes on Belarus

In may the Deputy Minister of labour and social protection Andrei Pudov has informedthat the office was discussing the possibility of introducing a tax for working, but not officially working Russians. In a press-service of the Ministry explained that the discussion of such a tax is at the expert level in the context of studying the implementation of such experience in Belarus.

The Kremlin then said that a common position on this account the leadership of the country yet.

In April 2015, the deputies of St. Petersburg legislative Assembly , offered to install for parasitism criminal liability. But in the state Duma this idea was called unconstitutional.

At the end of may 2015 subordinate to the Ministry of labor, the Federal service of labour and employment (Rostrud) proposed to impose adult “parasites” mandatory social payment. Officials then stated that illegal employment is a blow to the economy and hinders the development of the country. Then in the state Duma received a bill to exclude from the system those who do not work under an employment contract and are not registered at the labor exchange.

In June 2015 the Ministry of labor considered premature introduction of a tax on” social parasitism”. Thus then the head of the Ministry Maxim Topilin said that those who are for the entire economically active age do not pay taxes and did not do deductions in insurance funds, “something to do”.

In the USSR criminal prosecution for “keeping a parasitic way of life” was introduced in 1961 and discontinued in 1991 after the adoption of the law “On employment of population”.

Nearly half of Russians approve of the introduction of a tax for social parasites, social scientists have found 29.09.2016

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