The Russian government supported the bill banning the installation of baby boxes in the country - specially equipped cribs in which the mother can anonymously leave a child whom she decided to abandon. The author of the initiative, Elena Mizulina, announced this on her website.
Officials explained the need for the adoption of relevant amendments by the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Russia adheres to. It follows from this that the country should not have “specially created places for leaving children after birth.” The bill was supported taking into account its revision.
According to Mizulina, the state should not encourage the creation of baby boxes, as this leads to an increase in the number of refuseniks and a violation of the right of children to know their parents, and can also contribute to the development of trafficking in persons. For violation of the ban on legal entities, it is proposed to fine up to 5 million rubles or to suspend the organization for up to 90 days.
The baby box, or the so-called “window of life,” is a place specially equipped in a medical facility with a window on the side of the street and a special crib bed on the inside of the building. Through the window, the child can be anonymously placed in the crib. After 30 seconds, the door locks, after which it can no longer be opened from the outside. There are no cameras or guards near the baby box. An abandoned baby indoors is recognized by an alarm bell and a blinking lamp. The first such boxing in Russia appeared in 2011 in Perm. Later, similar "windows of life" were installed in other cities.