Russian ombudsman for children's rights calls for tougher legislation on sexual crimes against minors

Russian presidential ombudsman for children's rights Pavel Astakhov has suggested passing legislation prohibiting the use of amicable agreements between accused persons and victims in criminal cases involving non-violent crimes against minors.

Russian presidential ombudsman for children's rights Pavel Astakhov has suggested passing legislation prohibiting the use of amicable agreements between accused persons and victims in criminal cases involving non-violent crimes against minors.

"I have some basic principles concerning the most dangerous types of non-violent sexual crimes against minors. One of them is the exclusion of the possibility of amicable agreements between accused persons and victims. Especially in cases when an accused person is the parent of a victim or has a significant age different with the victim (more than four years)," Astakhov told reporters at the 8th congress of children's rights ombudsmen held in Krasnodar on Monday.

Astakhov also pointed out the need to reconsider or repeal some provisions of the Criminal Code establishing statutes of limitations for sexual crimes against minors.

Astakhov has called for the introduction of liability for legal entities for propaganda of pornography, including child pornography, and the introduction in the Russian Criminal Code of the concept of "child" pornography including animation and virtual pornographic images of children.

"I will be seeking the introduction of criminal liability for the production of child pornography, its transportation over state borders, and even its storage without the purpose of dissemination," Astakhov said.

These legislative initiatives will be reflected in the final resolution adopted at the congress of children's rights ombudsmen in the Russian regions and have been backed by the Russian State Duma.

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