Former prisoners under “violent” articles will be banned from public speaking for life

2021-06-11

If the bill of the United Russia deputy Dmitry Sablin is adopted, then even citizens who have long been released from prison will not be able to maintain profiles on social networks and speak publicly – no matter whether on the street or in an interview. The ban will affect those convicted under “violent” articles 105-125 and 131-135 of the Criminal Code. Thus, criminals who, as a result of the passage of the penitentiary system, must return to society as full-fledged citizens, risk being left behind forever. Do such initiatives of the deputies mean that the state is not capable of reorganizing the reeducation system and is ready to publicly recognize its impotence?

The term of the ban “on speaking in any media, at public and cultural events or meetings and in the Internet” may be 70 years. Criminals convicted under a number of articles will not be able to maintain accounts on social networks, publish memoirs or receive rewards for their content.

In addition, Sablin proposes amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses in terms of penalties for organizing speeches in the media, the Internet, at public events, maintaining accounts on social networks and providing assistance to persons who are prohibited from such activity. This will entail a fine of two times the amount of the remuneration, but not less than 300 thousand rubles.

These measures might seem reasonable, given the last sensational performance of the “Skopinsky maniac” Viktor Mokhov on the channel of Ksenia Sobchak, in which he promised to further “deal with” his surviving victim. But instead of an injunction for Mokhov, we get a ban to lead an ordinary life for everyone who has been released from prison.

“Now the bills have been submitted to the expert advisory council of the United Russia faction to improve anti-corruption legislation and legislation in the field of state and municipal procurement. They were also sent for conclusion to the Ministry of Justice”, Sablin told TASS.

Meanwhile, it is not wise to put an end to “non-recurrent” criminals. Even a murderer is capable of becoming a full-fledged member of society if there is someone who cares about them. We share with our readers the work of scientists from the Research Laboratory of Rehabilitation Pedagogy of the Moscow State Humanitarian University M.A. Sholokhov “Educational pedagogy of Anton Makarenko. Succession Experience”. In the article, experts share their observations on the principles of upbringing of the brilliant Soviet teachers Anton Makarenko and his student Semyon Kalabalin – once a thief, beggar, “juvenile delinquent”, one of the leaders of a thieves’ gang.

 

But not everyone could be re-educated. Sometimes the souls of children were twisted beyond recognition.

As Semyon Kalabalin himself wrote: “The system of organization of the children’s collective of A.S. Makarenko turned out to be equally effective in Lengorono children’s institutions. I applied this system in the 66th Colony School, as they say, word for word. The results were truly amazing. In 1934, the year of the most convincing success, the year of my supposed personal report to Anton Semyonovich, who was going to visit my colony, I was dealt a terrible blow. My three-year-old son became a victim of a teenage sadist. Affected by the fact that he had previously committed such crimes, some “saint” from pedagogy right there, at the still open grave of my first-born child, advised me to quit this damn thing. Nothing good will come of these street children, and they will all kill us, just like they killed your son, they said. I looked at this pedagogical clerk in such a way that he got cold feet and, without waiting for the burial, disappeared. No, I didn’t leave the battlefield, I didn’t retreat, I didn’t betray my pedagogical duty”.

And here is what Anton Makarenko wrote about his student’s successes:

“Karabanov [creative pseudonym of Semyon Kalabalin] – the head of the colony. A wonderful person. If I said to myself that it is a master, not a talent, then Karabanov is first and foremost a talent. I will tell you such a case. In 1937 I was in charge of all the colonies of Ukraine. I summoned Karabanov from Leningrad: “Take a new colony, you will work there.” – “Okay”. I gave him an old state farm (the village of Yakushentsy). There was nothing there. I decided: Karabanov is a strong man. I gave him the best guys. I gathered from all over Ukraine … real “beetles” who, in principle, did not speak to me without swearing. They were 14 – 15 years old, but already had a master key and vodka in their pockets. For a month I kept them in the receiver, surrounded by a high fence, and set up sentries. Finally, I receive a telegram from Karabanov: “You can bring them”.

… Three months later, I came to him there with an audit, looked at them. The discipline is right. Everyone is very polite, friendly, everyone read the “Pedagogical Poem”.

I didn’t ask Semyon how he did it. And he asked the guys: “Well, tell me, what is your main achievement?” – “Our main achievement is Semyon Afanasyevich!” (laugh).

We sent him the most difficult ones, and he literally did miracles with them … “

Most people’s behavior is modifiable, and we have many sources to draw from. But the modern penitentiary system is not aimed at re-education, it only punishes and prevents a person from returning to society, seeking forgiveness.

The lawyer Kamil Babasov writes about how difficult it is to embark on the path of correction in modern Russia, how difficult it is to start “living anew”:

“For some types of work, restrictions have been introduced for no apparent reason at all. For example, the work of a controller-manager during official sports events, which consists in meeting and escorting spectators to the stands, or the position of an employee of a tour operator, or an appraiser, or a cadastral engineer. Even for the bankruptcy procedure of an individual, a certificate of no criminal record is required. Where should a citizen who has served his sentence go to work? By shielding him from him, society pushes him back into a criminal environment. This testifies to the immaturity of the society itself, which does not realize the depth of the problem, as well as to the ineffectiveness of the modern Russian penitentiary system, which is financially interested in returning “clients” back to the colony”.

Today in Russia there are 520 thousand prisoners. 85% of these prisoners are repeat offenders. How else if a normal life is not available to “persons serving a sentence of restraint of freedom”?