Two Russian couples have gotten away with a warning after authorities had threatened to strip them of parental rights over their young children for taking them to unauthorized anti-Kremlin rallies in Moscow.
The two couples faced losing custody after being filmed with their children at what the authorities said were unauthorized rallies in support of opposition politicians on July 27 and Aug. 3.
“Prosecutors will now think twice about immediately demanding that parental rights be taken away without first going through a thorough process of checking whether the parents are able to fulfill their roles,” Alexei Glukhov, a lawyer whose firm took on the Khomskys’ case, told The Moscow Times.
“[The authorities] want to crack down so that other people won’t want to do the same thing,” Pyotr Khomsky had told the Meduza news website last month. “The message is ‘Leave your kids at home and don’t get them involved.’ … We’re not the goal — fear is the goal.”