By Daria Litvinova, The Moscow Times:
A bill decriminalizing domestic violence has passed its first reading in Russia’s State Duma.
The bill would remove the charge of “battery within families” from Russia’s Criminal Code, downgrading it to an administrative offense. Criminal charges would only be brought against offenders if familial beatings took place more than once a year.
The bill was spearheaded by ultra-conservative Russian lawmaker Yelena Mizulina, who is already notorious for successfully lobbying Russia’s controversial “gay propaganda” law…
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