Russia’s Interior Ministry wants to punish the parents and teachers of schoolchildren participating in unauthorized anti-government protests, the RBC business network reported Tuesday.
Teenagers have played a leading role in a series of rallies organized by opposition leader Alexei Navalny and presidential hopeful this year.
Timur Valiulin, the Interior Ministry’s head of anti-extremism department, highlighted the growing number of young participants at unsanctioned rallies on Tuesday.
“The decreasing average age of participants in these protest actions is alarming,” the RBC business outlet cited him as saying at the presidential human rights council.
“We must think about possibly making amendments and changes to hold accountable not only the organizers of such actions, but also the participating schoolchildren’s parents and teachers,” Valiulin said.
The ministry’s statement comes a day after Navalny’s embattled presidential campaign published a recording of an elite school director in Khabarovsk telling off a child’s parents for their son’s support for Navalny.
The footage is the latest in a series of secret recordings where pro-government school officials deride students over their support for the opposition politician.