A broad discussion of “groups of death” and the so-called game “Blue whale” began last year. Then it became known that the suicidal community in social networks claim the lives of hundreds of children. In early March, the Vice-speaker of the state Duma from “United Russia” Irina Yarovaya has responded to the situation by introducing amendments to the criminal code of the Russian Federation. Her initiative was immediately supported by the President, speaking at a meeting of the Collegium of the Ministry of internal Affairs. Innovation, he said, “will prosecute the owners, creators, and administrators of such sites, to stop their destructive, criminal activity.”
Now the criminal code provides for abetment of suicide imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, and in the case of minors – up to five years. Now, for incitement to suicide by threats and abuse on the Internet can be obtained from five to eight years, and for the very creation of the corresponding communities in social networks, up to six years in prison. It is important that a criminal liability is imposed regardless of whether the victim committed suicide, the head of the Committee for state construction and legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov (United Russia). And this, according to him, “will provide an opportunity to curb and prevent possible tragic consequences.”
For example, when dangerous websites or community created. In this case, will and related law passed by the state Duma. Now Roskomnadzor will be obliged to inform the interior Ministry about the discovery in the Internet content associated with the inducement of children to suicide. And, of course, continue blocking, because there is currently an attack on the immature minds: according to Roskomnadzor, just last year, was blocked about 5 thousand such Internet resources.
It is clarified that if the organizer of the criminal activity to stop voluntarily, and will actively help in the fight against such offences, criminal penalties may be cancelled.
Law enforcement and the regions are waiting for adoption and early entry into force of the amendments assured Spring. She referred to the data of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, according to which last year died by suicide 720 children, and for the last three years have committed suicide 2205 children. However, there are no statistics how many of these cases – the result of communication in social networks.
Under the amendments fall, and the involvement of children in “shaping” (travel outside of vehicles), “rufing” (penetration of the roofs of high buildings), and dangerous games with the type of “Run or die”.
The deputies voted for the amendment unanimously. The idea MPs believe is correct, but some were doubts about enforcement. It is difficult to prove the involvement of certain persons to the organization of such groups, to calculate and arrest.