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    Russian children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to introduce stricter punishments for people who commit sexual offenses against children. Astakhov proposed to establish lifelong monitoring of persons convicted of such crimes.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov said Wednesday that he has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to introduce stricter punishments for people who commit sexual offenses against children.

    Astakhov seeks to establish lifelong monitoring of persons convicted of such crimes, exclude the possibility of parole and abolish the statute of limitation in cases where the victim was under the age of 15.

    "Even the mere fact that he is watched by police will force the pedophile to think about whether it is worth it to go down the criminal path again," Astakhov told the Izvestia newspaper.

    The commissioner noted that police supervision is ordered in all sexual abuse cases involving children in Germany, while the United States has publicly available sex offender databases.

    Persons who have been found guilty of committing sexual crimes against children should also have to notify the authorities within three working days after changing their phone number or e-mail, Astakhov believes.

    "The introduction of such measures would facilitate the timely detection of attempts to resume criminal activity," the ombudsman said, adding that "sexual abuse by adults can be conducted with the help of mobile phones."

    According to Astakhov's address to the president, obtained by Izvestia, the number of children who have been recognized as victims of crimes against sexual inviolability in Russia went up by more than 35 percent in 2014.


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