Russia Has Just Made Domestic Violence Legal

We’ve watched way too many videos and read way too many stories about Russia to be in the slightest bit surprised by this move, but Russian lawmakers have indeed moved to decriminalise domestic violence to some extent this week.

The change in law means that first-time offenders who do not do serious physical harm to their victims will not face punishment for domestic battery.

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The amendment treats the first conviction for domestic violence as an administrative offence,...

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