Russian Duma Approves Bill to Soften Penalty for Domestic Violence

2017/1/27 23:58:06

<In stark contrast to Ukraine’s action to establish strong protections for persons subject to domestic violence, Russia in on the verge of placing into force a law sharply weakening such protections. For first-time offenders, the bill reduces battery inflicted on a family member from a crime to an administrative misdemeanor, making it punishable by a fine, community service, or up to 15 days in jail instead of a longer prison term.

 

 


By Tom Balmforth for RFE/RL, Jan 27, 2017

 

MOSCOW -- A controversial bill sharply reducing penalties for many cases of domestic abuse has won final approval in the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament.

 

Duma deputies supported the bill by a vote of 380-3, despite criticism from human rights and family protection groups that say it will put women and children in jeopardy.

 

The bill now goes to the upper house for a single vote and then to President Vladimir Putin for his signature.

 

For first-time offenders, the bill reduces battery inflicted on a family member from a crime to an administrative misdemeanor, making it punishable by a fine, community service, or up to 15 days in jail instead of a longer prison term.

 

Backers of the bill, including ultraconservative lawmaker Yelena Mizulina, say it is needed to stop the state from meddling in family affairs. Some also say it is line with Russian traditions as opposed to what one supporter said was a "Western program...aimed to destroy our families."

 

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http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-domesti ... passed-duma/28262780.html

 

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