Relations with non-government organizations and religions
Cooperation between territorial bodies of the FBS of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church and other religions
As part of implementation of the Protocol of intention between the Federal Bailiffs’ Service and the Russian Orthodox Church of 23.06.2009, in most regions bailiffs-executors actively cooperate with the representatives of Russian Orthodox Church.
The main form of cooperation is involvement of priests in explanatory work in the form of meetings and conversations with debtors in enforcement proceedings launched on the basis of executive documents of different categories of foreclosure. Meetings are held in churches or parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as in the divisions of territorial bodies of the Federal Bailiffs’ Service of Russia.
Mostly, this work is carried out with the debtors of alimony.
The problem of irresponsible attitude to the children remains relevant in our country. Most of alimony payers start thinking of their children and the need to help them only after repeated appeals from the bailiffs. Such debtors are usually the people leading an antisocial lifestyle.
Today the clergy are ready to use their potential to overcome spiritual and moral problems in the society.
Cooperation between the territorial bodies of the FBS of Russia and representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church is of general preventive nature and aimed at awakening the consciousness of citizens and encourage them to fulfill their obligations.
There have been facts, when after the interference of the clergy the debtors without enforcement measures imposed by bailiffs fulfilled their obligations on a voluntary basis.
It is difficult to assess the results of explanatory work done by the clergy using quantitative categories. However, even by a rough estimate in 2010, over 9.6 million rubles was exacted and transferred to the children under 2 thousand alimony enforcement proceedings, after the debtors had met with the clergy and without any enforcement measures.
For example, in February 2010, a representative of Saransk eparchy met with women, who had abandoned their children and had large amounts of alimony debts. As a result of the meeting, the debtor M., who had dodged alimony since 2004 (alimony debt was about 200 thousand rubles), found a job and has been paying monthly alimony of 7,500 rubles for the maintenance of her underage son.
Similar work has been carried out with the debtors representing another major religion - Islam, especially in areas heavily populated by Russian Muslims.
This way, in September 2010, on the eve of the pilgrimage (hajj) the head the Office of the FBS of Russia in Dagestan together with the Spiritual Administration of Muslims in Dagestan organized educational work during Friday sermons about the need to pre-pay existing debt as provided by the canons of Islam. The debtor K., after a conversation with the imam paid an alimony debt of 20 thousand rubles and at present regularly transfers money to support his children.
The Federal Bailiffs’ Service highly appreciates the role of the clergy in improving the legal awareness in citizens.