Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU bloc wins Bundestag electionsWorld September 25, 5:37
Russian senator believes German Social Democrats interested in boosting ties with MoscowRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 25, 2:42
US declaration on UN reform is not organization’s document - LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 24, 13:34
Lavrov believes US will not attack North KoreaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 24, 13:32
US forces assist Syrian opposition force in crossing IS positionsRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 24, 12:55
Putin discusses Russia’s economy growth with ministersBusiness & Economy September 24, 2:38
Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
MOSCOW/YEKATERINBURG, August 14. /TASS/. A bill on the so-called "baby boxes" where mothers can anonymously leave unwanted infants has been submitted to Russia's parliament.
This will reduce significantly the number of children murdered by their mothers or reduce the risk of leaving them in danger, deputy chairman of the Federation Council upper house Committee for Constitutional Legislation Konstantin Dobrynin said.
Dobrynin drafted the bill in consultation with the head of the upper house Regulations Committee, Vadim Tyulpanov. The initiative has caused huge controversy among Russians.
Children’s Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov in March asked the Prosecutor-General’s Office to deal with the motion, judging that baby boxes contravened moral principles.
Head of the State Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children Yelena Mizulina said passing the boxes law would "give rise to the spread of this practice".
But spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin has called the boxes an extra tool for protecting infants.
"The bill proposes to determine that the Russian government should define the requirements for the ‘baby boxes’, cases and procedure of their installation and operation," an explanatory note says. Control over their installation and operation will be given to Russian government agencies and local government authorities.