Russian "emo kids" and "goths" could see their lives become somewhat more complicated if a piece of legislation aimed at improving children's upbringing is adopted by the country's Parliament.
Under a draft law submitted to the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russian Parliament, emo kids and goths could be banned from wearing their typical clothes and make-up in public offices and state-run educational institutions.
The draft, sponsored by the Duma's committee for family, women and children, comes as part of a broader legislation package for improving "moral and spiritual upbringing of children," which would include curfew for teenagers.
About 150 teenagers recently staged a rally in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, protesting against the proposed legislation that would discriminate against goths and emo kids. The rally was supported by opposition political groups, such as Drugaya Rossiya (The Other Russia), Molodaya Gvardiya (Youth Guard), and members of the banned National Bolshevik Party.
Representatives of the committee were not available for comment due to summer vacations. The Duma is supposed to consider the package once it is back in session this coming fall.
Meanwhile, in some regions of Russia, authorities already seem to be cracking-down on youth subculture. The prosecutor's office of Kamchatsky Kray, one of the country's easternmost territories, recently called for steps to curb "youth extremism," naming punks, skinheads and emo kids as extremists.