Putin signs new law for sentence remissions domestic violence

Putin signs new law for sentence remissions domestic violence

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Russian president Vladimir Putin signed on Tuesday a new law which provides for sentence remissions in some cases of domestic violence. Women’s rights activists fear that the abuse will encourage.

Under the provisions of the new law is a first case of domestic violence a civil offence instead of a matter for the criminal law, provided that the victim is not seriously injured.

Proponents of the law, such as members of the United Ruslandpartij of Putin, say that the right of parents to decide how they bring up their children to punish protects. Also the law would prevent that the state has too much mixing in family matters. The proponents point out that abuse with serious injury to the still punishable.


Opponents call the new law a step back in time. They find that “home-tyrants” vrijpleit and victims will stop to report the incident.

Domestic violence is a widespread problem in Russia. According to a UN report from 2010, each year some 14,000 women death after ill-treatment by spouses or other family members.

The new law was in January approved by both chambers of the Russian parliament. In the state Duma, the lower house, was the result of the vote on the adoption 385 for and two against.

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