A group of senators headed by Elena Mizulina submitted to the State Duma for consideration bills amending the Code of Administrative Offenses and the Criminal Procedure Code. According to the initiative of the members of the Federation Council, the power structures must assume obligations to ensure the safety of children whose parents were detained.
The documents were published in the database of the lower house of parliament. The explanatory materials to one of the projects indicate that the current version of the Code of Administrative Offenses does not contain provisions on the protection of children left without supervision or guardianship due to the detention or arrest of their parents. New legal regulations should fill this gap. It is proposed that the responsibility for ensuring the safety of minors be imposed on the bodies authorized to carry out administrative detention and to execute the order on this procedure.
Another bill concerns Article 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The authors note that the current norm does not oblige the investigator or interrogator to take care of children during the arrest or detention of parents. Now the legislation only allows the transfer of minors under the care of relatives or sending them to a social institution.
Earlier, a group of senators headed by Mizulina submitted to the State Duma a package of bills under the general title "On Amendments to the Family Code and other federal laws in order to strengthen the institution of the family." One of the proposed norms postulates a ban on marriage between people of the same sex and between those who have changed their sex.
As NEWS.ru wrote, experts who gave a legal assessment of the bills from Mizulina and her associates expressed fears that the senators' initiative could lead to the actual legitimization of cruel practices, in particular, female genital mutilation.