6 Aug 2019 13:50

Prosecutors looking into minors' involvement in July 27, Aug 3 protests in Moscow

MOSCOW. Aug 6 (Interfax) - The Moscow prosecution service is looking into the involvement of parents and their underage children in protests.

"The Moscow prosecution service has started an inquiry into the participation of parents and their young and underage children in unpermitted rallies on July 27 and August 3," an agency officer told Interfax on Tuesday.

For instance, "a married couple brought their 12-month-old son to the illegal unpermitted rally on July 27, 2019," he said.

Meanwhile, the boy's father has no right to vote in the Moscow election in September 2019 due to his temporary residence permit, the officer said.

"During the rally, the parents handed their young child, who was helpless due to his age, to a third party and thus endangered the boy's life and health and inflicted physical and moral damage on him," he said.

The couple abused of its parental rights to the son's detriment, the officer said. "The violations prompted a prosecutor to request a court for depriving the couple of their parental rights to the young child consistent with Part 1, Article 45 of the Russian Criminal Procedure Code," he said.

An inquiry regarding other parents who brought their young and underage children to the unpermitted rallies is underway, the officer said.