Russia's parliament is studying a bill to impose a night-time curfew on under 14-year-olds in a bid to reduce juvenile delinquency, documents released Thursday showed.
According to the text, released to AFP by State Duma officials, unaccompanied children under 14 would be banned outright from sex shops, wine bars, beer halls and other places deemed harmful to their morals after 10:00 pm.
It would also be illegal for children to be out "at night-time in public places including on streets, stadiums, in parks or on transport... without being accompanied by parents," it said. The law would also apply to Internet cafes.
"Children-free times are on the way for Russia," said the Kommersant newspaper in a headline.
The newspaper said the measures had been proposed by President Dmitry Medvedev after a meeting with Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev aimed at cutting crime committed by children and against children.
Russian officials have on occasion expressed concern about the welfare of the young in a country with a shrinking population and increasing levels of drug addiction and HIV infections.