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Russia: Law easing penalties for domestic violence approved by State Duma02:47

Russia: Law easing penalties for domestic violence approved by State Duma

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 1, 2017 at 15:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia's Federation Council approved a law decriminalising a first reported incidence of domestic violence, during a vote session in Moscow, Wednesday. A total number of 149 out of 155 senators voted in favour of the law, with only one voting against and five abstentions.

The Deputy Chairwoman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Construction, Lyudmila Bokova, presented the bill before a vote. Bokova defended the bill, saying "interfamilial bruises, scratches and threats have become a more dangerous act than the same bruises and scratches received on the street." Therefore one can be charged with a criminal offence for the bruises within the family with a [jail] term of up to two years' but a street fight only requires 'administrative action'.

Bokova responded to the critics of the law, saying that "the administrative responsibility will be provided for an initial beating and it is suitably tough." If someone was "prone to systematic violence", then he would face criminal charges.

According to Bokova, "by adopting this law, we will remove the 'anti-family' standards from the criminal code and establish a common responsibility for beatings despite any blood relation." Last Friday, final approval for the document was given by the Russian parliament's lower house, the State Duma.

According to the law, an administrative punishment could mean a term of 10-15 days in preventative custody and a fine from between €77 to €463 ($82.8 to $497.9). That would be applied in cases of first-time offence that have not resulted in "serious" harm to the health of the victim. The second and subsequent incidents of domestic violence would be considered criminal offences.

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Russia's Federation Council approved a law decriminalising a first reported incidence of domestic violence, during a vote session in Moscow, Wednesday. A total number of 149 out of 155 senators voted in favour of the law, with only one voting against and five abstentions.

The Deputy Chairwoman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Construction, Lyudmila Bokova, presented the bill before a vote. Bokova defended the bill, saying "interfamilial bruises, scratches and threats have become a more dangerous act than the same bruises and scratches received on the street." Therefore one can be charged with a criminal offence for the bruises within the family with a [jail] term of up to two years' but a street fight only requires 'administrative action'.

Bokova responded to the critics of the law, saying that "the administrative responsibility will be provided for an initial beating and it is suitably tough." If someone was "prone to systematic violence", then he would face criminal charges.

According to Bokova, "by adopting this law, we will remove the 'anti-family' standards from the criminal code and establish a common responsibility for beatings despite any blood relation." Last Friday, final approval for the document was given by the Russian parliament's lower house, the State Duma.

According to the law, an administrative punishment could mean a term of 10-15 days in preventative custody and a fine from between €77 to €463 ($82.8 to $497.9). That would be applied in cases of first-time offence that have not resulted in "serious" harm to the health of the victim. The second and subsequent incidents of domestic violence would be considered criminal offences.

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