The Russian government has not yet determined its official position on the bill banning “baby boxes”. In this case, before a member of the Federation Council Elena Mizulina, which prepared the document jointly with the experts of public organization “all-Russian Parental Resistance”, saidthat the Cabinet of Ministers gave an official positive opinion” on the bill.

“The official opinion of the government on a bill to ban “baby boxes” are not signed, the work on the government’s position on this issue is ongoing”, – said the Agency “Interfax” a source in the government. He noted that “the text of the opinion was discussed at the government Commission on legislative activities”. “But this is only one of the stages of work on the opinion, not its final version,” – said the press service.

The bill provides for a ban on “activities aimed at the organization of anonymous abandonment of children, including the creation and maintenance of specialized seats for the anonymous abandonment of a child”, that is, prohibits “baby boxes” in Russia.

28 September on the website of Yelena Mizulina was reported that “the positive official opinion” of the government to the bill. Mizulina expressed appreciation to the government for support of the bill, assuring that all specified notes can be easily fixed for the second reading.

“The adoption of the bill due to the necessity of execution by the Russian Federation of the Convention on the rights of the child, since the existence in some subjects of the Russian Federation specially created places for the abandonment of children after birth violates articles 6 to 9 and 19 of this international Treaty. The government of the Russian Federation supports the draft law subject to its revision based on the comments”, – stated in the official opinion of the government (quote from the website Mizulina).

Senator in the Duma introduced a bill prohibiting the installation of “baby boxes” at the beginning of June. In the explanatory note to the document said that the promotion of child abandonment does not relieve mothers from “difficult circumstances”, and only exacerbates the situation, “giving rise including remote negative consequences for the child and for the mother”. According to the Senator, the ban on installing “baby boxes” eliminates a legal loophole in Russian law that gave rise to “the evil practice of anonymous abandonment of newborn children in specially created places”.

Violation of the prohibition in the document proposed to be punished with an administrative fine in the amount from one to five million rubles or suspension of activities of a legal person for a period up to 90 days.

Earlier in the Duma was introduced a bill on the legalization of “baby boxes”. It was sponsored by members of the Federation Council Vadim Tulpanov, Lilia Gumerova and Elena Afanasyeva, the development was also attended by the state Secretary of the Federal chamber of lawyers Konstantin Dobrynin. They expressed the view that “life” where you can anonymously leave an unwanted baby, not only save children and mothers from criminal liability. The government has considered the bill but did not support it.

The health Ministry said that “baby-boxes” will not solve the problem of infanticide mothers. As a rule, such crimes are committed “asocial women”, noted the Director of Department of medical aid to children and obstetric service of the Ministry Elena Baybarina.

The government has denied the information about Mizulina positive review on a bill to ban “baby boxes” 29.09.2016

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