MOSCOW, July 1 (RAPSI) — The number of appeals to the Commissioner for Children's Rights in Russia Maria Lvova-Belova turned out to be by 2% more in 2021 as compared with the same period of the preceding year, according to the respective annual report.

Thus, in 2021 the number of petitions on the national scale was 9,475, while in 2020 there were registered 9,291 of those. The largest number of appeals (16.5%) was sent from Moscow. In 2021, 10.4% of appeals were received from the Moscow Region, the document reads.

As it is noted in the report, in 2021, there was a 7.9% increase in the number of applications concerning the realization of the right to receive maintenance from petitioners’ parents and other family members. In 2021, the number of complaints about non-payment of alimony amounted to 464. In addition, the number of appeals requesting protection from violence increased by 9.8%, in 2021 the respective number was 965. Also, 1,008 petitions concerned health care and rehabilitation, this number increased by 16.4%. The number of education-related appeals amounted to 1,324 increasing by 18.7% as compared with the figures registered in 2020.

According to the regional commissioners’ reports, the number of appeals registered during this period increased by 4.1%; in 2021 the regional ombudsmen received 77,002 appeals. 

On the whole, the Children's Rights Office considered 86,477 appeals.

In 2021, 2,686 appeals were sent to the authorities for consideration of issues on the merits, clarifications and legal advice were given on 3,082 appeals. Out of 3,288 appeals, 25.2% were resolved positively.

The federal children's ombudsman received the largest number of appeals (63.4%) by e-mail, 29.8% of appeals were sent through the Russian Post. In addition, 4.4% of requests were received through social networks, and 2% of citizens visited the Commissioner personally.