Stood up for the children
Government Commission on legislative activities did not support the bill, member of the Communist party faction Valery Rashkin, which forbids minor children of state and municipal employees and top managers of state corporations to study in foreign schools and universities. According to the draft conclusions (have), “the provisions of the bill aimed at limiting the constitutional rights of minor children — citizens of the Russian Federation on education”.
Rashkin introduced amendments to the law “On combating corruption” November 14, 2016. As emphasized by the author himself, “a project aimed at halting the common practice of referral by parents, officials, top managers of state companies and state corporations — their children to study abroad.”
In the opinion of the government says that Russian law already provided a list of prohibitions and restrictions on persons occupying these positions”. Prohibit the children of officials to study abroad, the government appears to be “disproportionate”.
The draft negative opinion was approved on February 13 this year, said one of the participants of the meeting of the state Commission. According to another interlocutor of the state Commission, the initiative Rashkin is “scandalously populist”, and therefore did not receive support.
In defense of the national elite
“It prevents the creation of a truly national managerial elite, washes out frames helps to perpetuate social inequality, isolation of the ruling class from the people,” argued the initiative Rashkin.
According to the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on security and combating corruption Anatoly Elected United Russia, the ban proposed Rashkin, is “legally unfounded”. “With these General principles it is impossible to approach to regulate the complex issue of family relations,” he said .
Vyborny said that the chances of passing the bill is small. Sam Rashkin at the time of writing were unavailable for comment.
Duma in January rejected a bill Rashkin, who was supposed to ban Russian civil servants and deputies to have real estate outside the country. The deputies then considered that the existing provisions of the law “On combating corruption” is enough to prove and to punish the officials if it turns out that he is living beyond its means.
According to political analyst Konstantin Kalachev, the emergence of such initiatives — “it is political trolling”. After the rejection of the bill to prohibit the children of officials to study abroad excuses are not representatives of the Communist party and, first and foremost, the United Russia party, said Kalachev.