Saturday 22 July 2017

Russia to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence to preserve 'tradition of parental authority'

Ultra-conservative MP Yelena Mizulina: 'People should not be jailed for a slap'

Russian Federation Council member Yelena Mizulina attends the opening plenary meeting of the 2017 Russian State Duma spring session. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)
Russian Federation Council member Yelena Mizulina attends the opening plenary meeting of the 2017 Russian State Duma spring session. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Russia are moving to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence to preserve 'tradition of parental authority'.

A bill has now passed its first reading in Russia's Duma.

The legislation would define forms of domestic violence that "cause less serious injuries".

These would be defined as 'administrative', rather than 'criminal', offences, the BBC reports.

Ultra-conservative MP Yelena Mizulina is introducing the bill and said people should not be jailed and criminalised "for a slap".

"In Russian traditional family culture parent-child relationships are built on the authority of the parents' power... The laws should support that family tradition," the politician told the Moscow Times.

However, women's rights groups are slamming the proposed legislation which first made headlines last July.

Novaya Gazeta Olga Bobrova has said that domestic violence is "a normal way of life" in Russia. It is also documented that alcohol is a major contributing factor.

Some 175,000 have now signed a petition calling for full new legislation on domestic violence and improved provision and support for victims.

In 2015, the UN also urged Russia to address its domestic violence epidemic by introducing new legislation giving victims more protection.

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