The Council of Trustees in the social sphere under the government of the Russian Federation and the Public Chamber took the initiative to identify citizens without a fixed place of residence, identify them with the help of police officers and send them to labor rehabilitation.
Members of the governing council Natalya Pochinok and Elena Topoleva-Soldunova sent a letter on this issue to the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. Together with this document, they sent a project developed by the Ministry of Social Development of the Moscow Region, which presents the procedure for interaction between state authorities and organizations in the region to identify the homeless. This project is proposed to be based on and extended to all regions.
According to the project, not only law enforcement officers and employees of social organizations, but also natural and legal persons will be able to identify the homeless. The latter may, in the event of finding a citizen without a fixed address, call 112 and call an ambulance and the police.
If this person was not held accountable, the information about him will be betrayed to the Center for Social Adaptation, whose employees determine the further algorithm of actions.
Thus, healthy men without a place of residence can be sent to social and work houses, and women to crisis centers. It is noted that the homeless will have the right to refuse the assistance provided.
At the same time, many experts express fears that “work houses” will be legalized in this way. According to Danila Kramorov, director of the Nochlezhka charity, they exist in a gray area poorly regulated by law and are essentially a form of “labor slavery, where a person works to eat or live.” Getting out of such a system is almost impossible.
Commenting on the initiative, Olga Demicheva, president of the Dr. Liza Help Fair, emphasizes that it should not become a police prosecution for homelessness. Asking for help should be a voluntary choice of the individual.