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Russia’s presidential children’s rights commissioner suggests special criminal punishment for child pornography

November 29, 2012, 17:42 UTC+3

Russia is one of few countries where keeping and manufacturing of child pornography for private use is not a crime

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MOSCOW, November 29 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s presidential children’s rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov believes that Russia should introduce special criminal responsibility for child pornography.

At an enlarged board meeting of the Investigative Committee, which discussed child protection issues on Thursday, Astakhov suggested complementing the Criminal Code with an article on child pornography and another article with a special item for purchasing and keeping child pornography.

Astakhov said that Russia was one of the few countries where the keeping and manufacturing of child pornography for private use was not a crime.

Also, he suggested criminal punishment for legal entities for the propaganda of pedophilia.

Astakhov is very critical of the current system of bringing pedophiles to justice. He recalled that suspended sentences were passed in 80 percent of cases over spreading child pornography and over 62 criminal cases over non-violent sexual intercourse with minors.

“Moreover, the parties’ reconciliation is possible,” he said, adding that a banker in St. Petersburg lately had concluded fifteen amicable deals with boys under age and presented the relevant documents to the court.

“I believe that there can be no reconciliation in such cases,” Astakhov said. Sex crime rates this year was up considerably in contrast to 2011. The propaganda of pedophilia in Russia is not punishable at all.

Astakhov pointed to the fact that sexual deviations were not taken into consideration at all in hiring school and pre-school child care personnel.

“Even if an applicant says outright that he is a pedophile or a necrophile, this will be not a reason enough to deny employment,” said angry Astakhov.

He has already taken the issue to the Education Ministry, but officials there still see no need for adding this item to the list of reasons for barring applicants from jobs at educational establishments, because, as experts claim, it becomes obvious at once whether the applicant gets nervous while filling in a questionnaire, and this helps filter away up to 50 percent of pedophiles.



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