The bill introduced to the State Duma on introducing a ban on approaching a person by court decision requires specification and detailed elaboration. However, the advantages of adopting it in the form in which it exists now will outweigh the disadvantages. This is the opinion of lawyer Anna Frolova in a conversation with Izvestia on October 9.
The introduction of a corresponding bill to the State Duma by deputies from the New People faction was reported on October 6. If the project is adopted, the citizen will be able to go to court for a document that will prohibit a certain person from approaching him. It was noted that such a request would require compelling reasons.
“Of course, this kind of measure has a place in the law. In recent years, cases of persecution of public figures, bloggers, and artists have become more frequent as information about them has become available. Although, of course, most often girls turn to lawyers with a similar problem; they receive complaints that they are being harassed by a man,” Frolova noted.
According to her, this often ends in aggression towards women, after which they seek help. In such cases, the lawyer recommended that the first thing to do is to record the facts of contacting law enforcement agencies (a call to the hotline is enough), as well as evidence of persecution, recording it on video or a voice recorder if the persecutor entered into a dialogue.
“There are quite difficult situations, for example, if these are ex-spouses and there is a dispute about property or children. These are the most common cases when people turn to law enforcement agencies for help,” the lawyer emphasized.
She noted that introducing sanctions into the law in the form of a ban on approaching for a certain period will simplify the task of resolving such cases. However, a number of unresolved questions remain: how the approach will be controlled, how to prove the distance, and others. Also, in her opinion, abuse of this kind of law can lead to provocations from former spouses or lovers.
“The law requires specification and detailed study of all possible options for proving this type of offense. I believe that when such a law comes into force, there will be more advantages than disadvantages,” concluded Frolova.
On June 13, it was reported that a resident of Pavlovsky Posad near Moscow stabbed his ex-wife 15 times out of jealousy. A family conflict occurred a few days earlier in a building materials store where the woman worked as a saleswoman. It was noted that two months before the tragedy, she left her 39-year-old husband because he accused her of cheating and constantly beat her. However, even after leaving, the suspect continued to pursue her.