Last August an ultra-conservative Russian MP introduced a bill that decriminalizes domestic violence. Today, Vladimir Putin signed that bill into law. So what exactly does it mean? As reported by The Guardian:
From now on, beatings of spouses or children that result in bruising or bleeding but not broken bones are punishable by 15 days in prison or a fine, if they do not happen more than once a year. Previously, they carried a maximum jail sentence of two years.
And while the language isn’t gender-specific, you better believe this law effects wives and not husbands. In Russia, a woman dies every forty minutes from domestic abuse. An estimated 36,000 women are assaulted every day by their partners. Oh, and did I mention that the Russian MP who introduced the bill is a woman? Her name is Yelena Mizulina. She’s best known for successfully introducing a law that bans “gay propaganda.” Charming woman.
Meanwhile, another law, which aims to tackle domestic violence by offering restraining orders and other safeguards to victims, is currently stalled and not expected to pass.
Those in favor of this horrific law claim it protects “Russian traditions” or that it protects abusive family members from being judged more harshly than an abusive stranger or, most ludicrously, that a women who is beaten is more likely to have a son.
Yes, the whole world has indeed gone to shit.