MOSCOW, April 16 (Itar-Tass) – The State Duma lower house of Russia’s parliament on Tuesday will discuss in the first reading a government-sponsored bill on the support of the citizens who decided to adopt or take care of children.
The document provides for the implementation RF President Vladimir Putin’s decree on the support for orphan children.
In particular, it provides for larger lump-sum benefits allowances for placement of a child in a foster family. In 2013, the amount of such payments subject to indexation was 13,087.61 roubles. The government proposes the rule according to which if a child with disabilities, children over the age of seven, as well as children who are brothers and sisters are adopted, the allowance shall be paid in the amount of 100 thousand roubles for each child.
The bill also provides for amending the Family Code, according to which citizens who are already guardians or adoptive parents who decide to take in the family another child (irrespective of the form of placement of the child in the family) are exempt from compulsory training.
The RF government also considers it necessary to exclude from the Family Code the rule according to which the age difference between an unmarried adopter and the adopted child must be at least 16 years. Under the bill, the decision on this issue should be taken by court, which in each specific case will determine whether the age difference makes it possible to give the child the adequate spiritual, physical and moral development.
The lawmakers will also consider in the first reading a bill toughening responsibility for violation of the rules of firing weapons. Thus, shooting in populated localities and in other inappropriate places will entail a fine of 50 thousand roubles with confiscation of weapons and ammunition, as well as deprivation of the right to acquire, keep and bear arms for a period of 3 to 5 years, as well as administrative arrest for up to 15 days. Street shooting, if committed by a group of by drunken citizens, would be punishable by a fine of 150 thousand roubles with confiscation of weapons and ammunition, with the deprivation of the right to acquire, keep and bear arms for a period of 5 to 7 years, and administrative arrest for up to 15 days.
Also on Tuesday, the State Duma intends to adopt in the first reading a bill of the Ivanovo legislators of sanctions for the violation of the rules of keeping dogs and cats in cities and villages. It is proposed, in particular, to introduce a new article in the RF Code of Administrative Offences (Administrative Code) that will be stipulate that the “violation of the rules of keeping dogs and cats in cities and towns” shall entail a warning or the imposition of an administrative fine on citizens in the amount from 500 up to 1 thousand roubles, and on officials – from 1 thousand to 3 thousand roubles. "
If these offenses caused damage to health or property of citizens, the size of the penalties increases: the fine imposed on citizens will be from 1 thousand to 3 thousand roubles, and on officials – from 5 thousand to 10 thousand roubles.
The Duma members on Tuesday will consider in the second reading a bill introduced by speaker of the Federation Council upper house of parliament Valentina Matviyenko. The document is to significantly increase fines for the violation of the rules of protection of monuments of history and culture: the sanctions can reach 60 million roubles, if a monument included in the UNESCO list is destroyed.