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Russia's Samara Introduces 'Children's Curfew'

SAMARA, Russia -- The western Russian region of Samara has introduced a "children's curfew," RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The law, approved by the Samara Oblast Duma, declares that children under 18 years cannot be present in any public place without their parents or a responsible adult between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. during the summer.

In the winter -- namely from the last Sunday of October until the last Sunday of March -- the curfew time will be between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The law also proscribes that people under 18 are prohibited at all times from public places "that might affect their health and intellectual, moral, and psychological development," such as sex shops, nightclubs, and liquor stores.

Yury Shevtsov, the chairman of the Samara Oblast Duma's Legislation Committee, told RFE/RL that the law also bans putting criminal suspects under 18 in the same detention or jail cell as adult suspects.

Parents of children caught in public places during the prohibited hours will be fined between 500-2,000 rubles ($16-$64).

The owners of businesses at which minors are found "after hours" will have to pay a fine of up to $330.