The State Duma passed a law on the abolition of age marking in school and religious literature.
MOSCOW, December 15 – RIA Novosti. The State Duma at its plenary session on Thursday passed a law on simplification of age marking in works of art and literature at the second and third readings.
According to the amendments received for the second reading, amendments are made to Article 51 of the Federal Law “State Support to Cinematography of the Russian Federation” and Articles 1 and 17 of the Law on the Protection of Children from Information. It is harmful to their health and development.”
Now the draft law assumes that the film’s distribution certificate must contain information that the distribution of the film to children is prohibited, that is, marking will be necessary where the film contains information that is prohibited from distribution to children, or information about restricting the distribution of the film among children of certain age categories.
The amendments also assume that literary works with the Bible, Quran, Tanakh and Kanjur, whose review is provided by federal state education standards and federal basic education programs, will not be marked.
It is assumed that persons with special knowledge in the fields of cultural studies, art history and art history can also act as experts in the examination of knowledge products.
In June, the State Duma Committee on Culture prepared for the second reading of a bill to simplify age marking in works of art and literature. According to Elena Yampolskaya, head of the State Duma Committee on Culture, the new text has changed significantly compared to the version accepted at the first reading.
The bill, passed by the State Duma at its first reading in December 2019, proposes to introduce a new system, without defining a specific age – more general recommendations – “for family monitoring”, “for preschool children”, “not recommended for children”. Thus, most of the existing age marking (0+, 6+, etc.) for works of art and literature has been removed. The bill will retain the 18+ mark.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin recommended that the State Duma, together with the Council of Ministers, consider the possibility of clarifying the rules for age marking on information products of cultural value.
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