In 2008, the Mother's Right Foundation put forward a draft law amending p.5 of article 2 of the Federal Law ‘On Status of Servicemen'. We did it in the interests of dead soldiers' parents after receiving such letters as these:
‘This is Rimma Antonovna Degtyareva, mother of a dead soldier, applying for your assistance. My husband and I sent all the necessary documents to receive state financial support for house repairs. I asked an official about our case status, but she was so rude that I cried all day long... Why are we to bear humiliation? We have lost our sons...our lives are unbearable because we are no longer young and strong. There are five such families in our village, and eight - in our district.' Here is one more example: ‘This is the letter from the mothers of dead soldiers from the Republic of Kalmykia. Article 25 of the FL ‘On Status of Servicemen' stipulates some privileges, including as follows: the federal budget pays for capital repairs of a house belonging to a family that has lost a breadwinner. We have no right to this privilege because we live in blocks of flats and our flats are privatized.' The greater part of the letters came from the parents who had been maintained by their sons or had occupied half of a house. They considered officials' denials illegal. But the problem is that the Federal Law ‘On Status of Servicemen' and Act No. 313 do not consider parents as members of servicemen's families. Many people came across this problem: L.G. Fedorchenko from Adygeya, S.V.Chmulev from the Sakhalin Region, G.N. Sukhova from the Chelyabinsk Region, E.I. Lupu and L.A. Levochkina from the Rostov Region, L.A. Petrenko from the Krasnodar Region, and others.
We sent to the President of the RF, D.A. Medvedev, the proposal to extend Decree No. 313 of May 27, 2006 ‘Regulations on Repairs of Houses Belonging to Servicemen's Family Members Who Lost Breadwinners' to cover parents of dead servicemen, and to send to the RF State Duma a draft law amending p. 5 of article 2 of the FL ‘On Status of Servicemen' so that servicemen's parents be considered as members of servicemen's families. The Foundation received an official letter informing us that our proposal had been considered and supported: ‘At present, under the Commission of the RF Government of August 16, 2008 (No. CI-P4-5055) the Ministry of Defense is working on amendments to the Federal Law ‘On Status of Servicemen' of May 27, 1998, No. 76-FL.
On December 17, 2008, the Chairlady of the Mother's Right Foundation Board, Veronika Marchenko, took part in the meeting with the interested parties and departments (the RF Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Regional Development, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development, the MIA and the FSB of Russia) and discussed the project amending the Federal Law ‘On Status of Servicemen'. The meeting decided to set up a working group on the draft law.
In January 2009, the Mother's Right Foundation prepared the amendments to the FL ‘On Status of Servicemen' treating parents of dead servicemen as members of servicemen's families and sent them to the RF Ministry of Defense, the RF Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Regional Development, and the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development.
In June 2009, the Mother's Right Foundation applied to the Ministry of Defense with the request to expedite the decision of the issue. At present, the Ministry of Defense is working over the financial and economic substantiation of the law and plans to finish the work before October 7, 2009.