Vladimir Putin signs controversial law partially decriminalizing domestic violence

 

Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial law partially decriminalizing domestic violence, in a move hailed by Russian conservatives but deplored by women’s rights campaigners.The law ends criminal liability for battery of family members that does not cause bodily harm and is not a repeat offence.It instead makes domestic battery equivalent to minor assault, which is an administrative offence punishable by a 30,000 ruble (£412) fine, 15 days in jail, or 120 hours of community service.Repeat offences and attacks that cause injury will still be considered crimes.

Ultra conservative MPs who pushed the legislation through parliament said it eliminates an anomaly in the law that criminalized parents smacking their own children but allowed strangers to do so with impunity, and that serious offenders will still be held accountable.

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