Reading this news about discussions taking place in Russia's parliament around passing a bill to potentially decriminalise domestic violence you almost have to do a double take!
"Looks like they are heading back to the dark ages and women are going to be at serious risk of no protection, unlike our laws which have developed to provide that protection. "
A bill aimed at decriminalising domestic violence to preserve the “tradition of parental authority” has easily passed through the first stage of approval in the Russian parliament. Ultra-conservative MP Yelena Mizulina, who chairs a committee on family and women’s affairs, proposed the bill to have “battery within families” taken out of Russia’s criminal code, removing the right of victims to press charges. “In Russian traditional family culture parent-child relationships are built on the authority of the parents’ power,” she told a meeting of parliament in Moscow. “The laws should support that family tradition.”