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On Wednesday 25th January, the Russian parliament passed the second reading of a controversial bill to decriminalize some forms of domestic violence. The goal of this bill is to eliminate criminal liability for battery on family members that doesn’t cause bodily harm.
The bill caused widespread controversy, resulting in activists picketing the Duma and 200,000 people signing an online petition to oppose to it.
According to Yulia Gorbunova, Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch : “Passage of this law would be a huge step backward for Russia, where victims of domestic violence already face enormous obstacles to getting help or justice”. Moreover, “The domestic violence bill would reduce penalties for abusers and put victims’ lives at even greater risk.”
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