The Ombudsman approved the participation of children in flash mobs with the construction of the letter Z

The conscious participation of a child in a flash mob with the formation of the letter Z deserves respect, believes the children's ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova. Coercion to actions must be stopped, but the apparatus has not yet received a single complaint, she added

If children participate in flash mobs in support of the military operation in Ukraine consciously and are associated with a desire to support the military, then it deserves respect, Maria Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children's Rights under the President, told RBC.

“If the actions are based on patriotic feelings and the children want to support, then why not? There is also the “Letter to a Soldier” action, when schoolchildren themselves write letters <…> If participation in flash mobs is conscious & mdash; the child is full of feelings and wants to somehow support our military, the children who are there in those territories, — then this, of course, deserves respect from me as a mother, first of all, — she noted.

The Children's Ombudsman added that during meetings with children and teenagers, she is faced with the desire of minors to support the Russian military, they say: “we want to go to Donbass”, “how can we help?”.

According to Maria Lvova-Belova, the Office of the Children's Ombudsman has not received any complaints from legal representatives of children about being forced to participate in patriotic flash mobs. “If there is any compulsion— these facts need to be established and this should not be allowed, — she noted.

In March, the Kazan hospice staged a flash mob with the participation of child patients, their parents and staff in support of a military special operation in Ukraine. The action took place in the courtyard of the hospice with the participation of about 60 people— the children lined up in the letter Z. During the military sports game “Zarnitsa” schoolchildren of Yekaterinburg lined up with the letter Z. A flash mob in support of the special operation in Ukraine with the participation of pupils was also held in kindergarten No. 11 in the city of Ussuriysk.

In the spring, the All-Russian action “Letter to a Soldier” took place, during which children sent letters and drawings to the Russian military participating in a special operation in Ukraine. In April, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that members of the Yunarmiya movement wrote more than 60,000 paper and email letters to military personnel.

Minors also took part in anti-war actions. More than 400 teenagers were detained at uncoordinated rallies in Moscow from February 24 to March 31, Olga Yaroslavskaya, Ombudsman for Children in Moscow, told RBC. As a result, on February 24, 19 protocols were drawn up for failure by parents to fulfill their obligations to raise minors (part 1 of article 5.35 of the Code of Administrative Offenses) and 39 protocols for violation of the rules for participation in a public event (part 5 of article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses).

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