Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Senator Maria Lvova-Belova to take the post of Commissioner for Children’s Rights under the head of state. He informed her about this during a meeting via videoconference.
Lvova-Belova said that she has been protecting the rights of children for 15 years. “If you will allow and trust, I will, of course, take up this work with great pleasure”, – quotes her Interfax.
On the Kremlin website published the decree of the head of state, by which Lvova-Belova was appointed ombudsman for the rights of the child for a period of five years.
Former children’s ombudsman Anna Kuznetsova after the parliamentary elections crossed over to work in the State Duma and took the post of vice-speaker of the lower house of parliament.
“The task of the ombudsman is to protect the rights of children,” Elena Alshanskaya, head of the Volunteers to Help Orphans Foundation, told The Insider, commenting on the appointment of Lvova-Belova as a children’s ombudsman. “And appeals about different situations where they need protection are sent by tens of thousands to the office of the authorized person. I very much hope that the new commissioner will not only be able to build a system of work, where all these appeals will be resolved not formally, but in fact, but, and this is a very important part of the work, will be able to influence, in general, changes in the field of protecting the rights of children. because there are a lot of problems. First of all, we are waiting for the opportunity to be heard. “
Meanwhile, even before the appointment, the edition of “Notepad” reportedthat Lvova-Belova may be involved in obtaining a loan for a deceased disabled person. The wheelchair user Ilmir Valiev was a pupil of the Penza boarding house “Veronika’s House”. It was created by the Quarter Louis organization, founded by Lvova-Belova. When Ilmir died in the hospital due to missed dialysis twice, it turned out that he had a loan in the amount of 800 thousand rubles.
Other pupils said that loans were also issued for them. According to them, Lvova-Belova persuaded the pupils to apply for loans in order to pay for dialysis and other procedures.
Lvova-Belova – member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation from the Penza region, member of the Committee on Social Policy of the Federation Council, representative of the Federation Council under the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights.
Together with her husband, Orthodox priest Pavel Kogelman, Lvova-Belova brings up five children and four adopted children. She is also the guardian of 13 disabled young people (all over 18).
Lvova-Belova worked as a social worker volunteer helping refusenik children in Penza hospitals. In 2008, she became a co-founder and head of the Blagovest charity organization.
In 2014, Lvova-Belova established the ANO Kvartal Louis, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of supported living, education and employment of young people with disabilities who were left without family care.
Lvova-Belova was a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. In February 2019, she took the post of co-chairman of the regional headquarters of the All-Russia People’s Front in the Penza region, and a year later she became a senator.