In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, officials decided to use the vague wording of the law to deny a mother with many children the right to housing. Olga Rosenko gave birth to one of her daughters in Belarus, and therefore, according to the authorities, she must either take out a mortgage or continue to raise five children in a one-room apartment. Olga intends to seek justice in court.
"Give birth to at least eight"
Olga Rosenko, 33, has five children: Vadim - 12, Anya - 8, Vanya - 7, Yulia - 5, and a little over a year ago Vera was born. But the family is still not considered large, at least from the point of view of the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk administration, where a mother and children are huddled on 33 meters of a one-room apartment. Olga has been renting housing for several years from her relatives so as not to stay on the street.
The woman made an attempt to expand the living space so that the children had their own rooms and a place for games after the birth of her daughter Yulia. The government of the Sakhalin region then promised the parents of four or more children payments for the purchase of housing. The proposal turned out to be very useful: the woman is raising children alone, and the nurse's salary will not be enough for a mortgage.
“Our whole family stood in line to apply for better living conditions,” the woman recalls. - Then I was refused for the first time: "You have three children were born here, and the fourth you gave birth to abroad, you do not get to us."
Difficulties arose because of the place of birth of the daughter of Yulia. Already in the last months of pregnancy, Rosenko gathered to visit relatives in Belarus. Before the long flight, the woman was examined by doctors and given the go-ahead for the trip - the doctors did not reveal any threat of premature birth or the risk for the baby.
“Of course, the birth was unplanned, not on time,” Olga sighs. - But children do not ask us when it is more convenient to be born. Yulenka was born in Minsk. At that time I only thought about her being healthy and we could safely return home."
Olga returned to Sakhalin with her daughter and tried to queue up for a housing subsidy, but she was refused.
Sakhalin Oblast Government Resolution 543, adopted in pursuance of one of Vladimir Putin's May 2012 decrees, states that large families living in the Sakhalin Oblast raising four or more children, including adopted children, can receive financial assistance for the purchase of housing. on the territory of the Russian Federation and lives with a family.
“They told me so: even if you had at least eight children, but Yulia was born to you outside the Russian Federation, so you do not automatically get it! - says a woman to RT. - All children must be born in Russia. The ministry's lawyer said so too. Is this some kind of discrimination towards my daughter simply because she was not born on the island?"
Nobody can rewrite the law
A few years later, four children of Rosenko had a younger sister. Mom named her Vera. After replenishing the family, the woman was sure that now she would not be denied a subsidy. Rosenko again went to the Ministry of Social Protection to get a place in the queue for payment, and was again refused.
Officials again referred to the same Resolution 543. If at least one baby was born outside Russia, the whole family is deprived of the right to budget money.
“It seems to me that the text of the resolution is taken too literally. For us, an expert linguist, a candidate of sciences made a conclusion that we interpret the resolution correctly, that exactly four children should be born on the territory of the region, - the mother of many children is sure of her rightness."And the Ministry of Social Protection told me that this is not so and that in general all my children should have been born here."
Olga Rosenko turned to the Governor of the Sakhalin Region, to the Office of the Ombudsman for the Rights of the Child and, finally, to the prosecutor's office.
“The regional government told me in plain text: we cannot change the law. I have a special case, and no one will change the decision because of me and my children, - says the mother of many children. "They offered to get a mortgage on favorable terms, if I want to expand so much."
In the office of the ombudsman and in the prosecutor's office, the woman was heard and the only way to solve the problem was offered - the court.
“Even the Ministry of Social Protection agreed with this,” Olga added. “They are afraid to take on such responsibility and will be able to meet me halfway only if the court's decision is on my side.”
The first hearing in the Rosenko case is scheduled for late October.
Meanwhile, the Sakhalin Ministry of Social Protection believes that the woman herself is to blame for the situation. As the officials noted, in addition to the fact that one child was born in Minsk, Rosenko had another problem during the re-registration of the family for the right to be registered as needing housing. At the time of applying for a subsidy to the Ministry of Social Protection, Olga did not submit a new package of documents to the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk administration, but brought the papers later. At the same time, they assure the department, a mother of five children can always take out a mortgage or receive half of the amount for the purchased housing as a one-time payment.
“The family was recognized as needing to improve their living conditions, they were offered options: you can get a payment in the amount of half of the cost of housing or get a mortgage on preferential terms. You can also use maternity capital for these purposes, commented RT on the situation at the Ministry of Social Protection of the Sakhalin Region.
Olga Rosenko does not understand where to find money even for half of the apartment. The island's authorities are ready to compensate her for no more than 2 million rubles, but even a two-room apartment in the city costs twice as much. The apartment that Olga Rosenko rents from her family is still the only housing available to her.
“I am divorced, all the children live with me. For 15 years I have been working as a nurse in a perinatal center, I have the highest category. I grew up on Sakhalin, - notes Rosenko. “And alone with five children, I have to prove that I cannot afford to buy a separate apartment.”
State Duma deputy Sergei Shargunov decided to help the woman. He published a post on the social network about Olga Rosenko's problems and suggested that the Sakhalin authorities make an exception and amend the law.
“It turns out if you have at least ten children, but if at least one of them was not born in Russia, then you will not be considered a large family and you can not count on state support. And if four children were born in Russia and the family was considered large, and then the fifth was born not in Russia - what, the status of a large family will be deprived? - said the deputy. - I turned to the recently appointed acting head of the Sakhalin region Vera Shcherbina with a call to initiate clarifications in the resolution of the government of the Sakhalin region and to eliminate the inherent injustice and inadequacy."
But, as RT found out, the authorities and Rosenko herself continue to await the trial. It will depend on its outcome whether Olga Rosenko will receive a subsidy or whether she will have to appeal to the next instance and start the fight for justice anew.
"Despite the well-founded refusal of a lump sum payment for the purchase of housing, about which the applicant went to court, we are now awaiting a court decision," Elena Kasyanova, Minister of Social Protection of the Sakhalin Region, emphasized in a commentary on RT.