On Saturday, the first congress of Russian parents was held in Moscow. A new organization All-Russia Parents’ Resistance was formed at the congress. Judging by the decisive rhetoric of the main ideologue of the event Sergei Kurginyan, the organization will deal with the protection of Russian children from foreign adoptions. Meanwhile, the participants in the congress opposed the introduction of juvenile justice in the country. President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech at the congress.
Vladimir Putin’s speech at the first congress of Russian parents came absolutely unexpected for the participants in the congress, the Novye Izvestia daily noted. The delegates from 60 Russian regions were participating in the forum. Head of the Essence of Time movement Sergei Kurginyan and the Association of Parental Committees and Communities of Russia initiated the event. Kurginyan, who proclaimed the creation of the new organization All-Russia Parents’ Resistance, opened the congress. Vladimir Putin immediately proposed the support to “true Russian patriots”, which are represented in this organization.
The organizers of the forum immediately stated that they call for a ban of foreign adoptions and oppose the juvenile justice. Vladimir Putin, who signed the law, which bans US adoptions of Russian children, stated that the Russian state authorities should interfere in the affairs of family only in emergency cases and very delicately. Meanwhile, Sergei Kurginyan stated that about 200,000 signatures were gathered against the adoption of the so-called juvenile bills.
The congress posed as some kind of a forum in opposition to the state authorities, though the Russian president became the main guest of the congress and his speech was accompanied with loud applauds no rarer than the speech of political expert Sergei Kurginyan.
Vladimir Putin decided to answer personally to 141,000 people, who signed an address to him, “People are really concerned and are protesting against the mechanisms of the so-called juvenile justice.” “The bills, which envisage direct or indirect regulation of the relations between the parents and children, as well as special legal mechanisms in the work with adolescents, raised such a sharp public response,” the head of state explained. Putin noted that this is two bills, the first of which the president submitted in March 2012 and the second one was submitted by the government in September 2012. Dmitry Medvedev signed both documents.
“It is also wrong to leave all as it was,” Putin noted. “We should move forward, use some modern methods, which are used in other countries, but we should do it very carefully,” the president said.
The juvenile justice may be abandoned in the wake of the agreements on international adoptions at the initiative of the congress, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily believes. Meanwhile, an obvious demonization of the natural process is taking place. The juvenile lawyers do not propose to seize children from the parents, as conservative propagandists are trying to describe it, they are just seeking to form a special judicial system, which includes special judges and social workers, who deal with adolescent delinquency.
Kurginyan put it clearly not only he and his associates are concerned over juvenile justice. “Giving a rebuff to the white ribbon protesters, we protect Russia, but not the state authorities. As these liberals are pursuing the goal to repeat the Perestroika and carry out a new stage of blasphemy,” Kurginyan said. The political expert does not doubt that all liberals hate their homeland, making up this feeling with their love to the enemy – the West, in his words.
The participants in the congress voiced “harsh and equivocal conclusions and the statements over the polarisation of the society,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on the statements of the delegates to the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily. “What Putin said had much in common with these ideas, but as the head of state he voiced a more balanced position and remained above the fray,” he added.
The questions, which the state authorities raised in the last few weeks, including the school literature course, juvenile justice, the ban for foreign adoptions, are on the sidelines of public interests, the Vedomosti daily believes. The newspaper noted that this is partially an attempt to distract the attention of ordinary people from really important problems. This shift of attention can turn out to be tactically right in current, relatively favourable situation.
However, amid deterioration of economic and social problems new attempts to distract people from the reality and the unwillingness to discuss topical current issues will only fan up irritating moods in people, the newspaper warned.