Saturday, 18 February 2017

Putin's Russia

The Independent reports that domestic violence has gone 'through the roof' in Russia's fourth largest city, Yetkaterinberg, after the country's parliament watered down the law so that only 'more serious' incidents are treated as potential crimes.

Domestic violence reports soar in Russian city following partial decriminalisation

Mayor of Yekaterinburg believes law change makes domestic violence seem acceptable

Rachel Roberts - The Independent

Reports of domestic violence in Russia's fourth largest city have more than doubled since the law change Rex

Reports of domestic violence have more than doubled in Russia’s fourth largest city since the Government reduced the punishment for spousal or child abuse from a criminal to a civil one.

Police in Yekaterinburg responded to 350 incidents of domestic violence daily since the law was relaxed compared to 150 such incidents previously, according to the city’s mayor.

Yevgeny Roizman told Russian media: “Before, people were afraid of criminal charges — this acted as some kind of safety barrier.

Putin signs law partially decriminalising domestic abuse in Russia

“People got the impression that before it wasn’t allowed, but now it is.”

The law reduced the punishment for attacks that result in “minor injuries” such as bruises or cuts from two years to 15 days in prison along as they do not happen more than once a year, sparking outrage from human rights groups around the world.