Sunday, January 29, 2017

Russian Parliament Passes Wife-Beating-Is-OK Bill | The Daily Caller

Russian Parliament Passes Wife-Beating-Is-OK Bill | The Daily Caller

The Duma passed the bill by a vote of 380-3, sending it to Russia’s upper house of parliament for another vote before it will be presumably signed into law by President Vladimir Putin.
Ultraconservative Duma member Yelena Mizulina, a keen backer of the legislation, argued that it prevents the government from interfering in family matters. Other supporters claimed that the current penalties are part of a “Western program … aimed to destroy our families.”
Conservative Duma members like Mizulina hope that the new legislation will counter the “outrageous” law passed in July, 2016, which decriminalized first-time battery offenses except in cases when they are committed against “close relatives.”
“For a slap in the family you can get up to two years [in prison] and the label ‘criminal’ for the rest of your life, but for battery on the street — a fine of up to 40,000 rubles ($665),” said Mizulina. “This situation is unacceptable. It is necessary to correct criminal legislation and remove these absurd provisions.”


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