Um, What?! Russia Just Decriminalized Domestic Abuse

And the details are even more horrifying.

By Eric Shorey

With all the news of Donald Trump's fascist fantasies coming true, it's easy to forget other countries have it way worse. For example: in a staggering move, the Russian parliament has voted to decriminalize domestic abuse. The measure won by more than a landslide, the final votes tallied 380-3.

While the headline certainly sounds sensational, the details of the story are truly horrifying. According to USA Today, as long as the damage done to a victim does not amount "substantial bodily harm," Russia is A-OK with it. Furthermore, Russia has eliminated criminal liability in such cases, making a violation punishable by a fine of about $500, or a 15-day arrest. 

Vladimir Putin has the chance to veto the bill, but there's pretty much no chance he will.

“This bill would establish violence as a norm of conduct,” Communist lawmaker Yuri Sinelshchikov said during the debate that ensued over the potential new policies.

"[This] send[s] a message that the state doesn’t consider familial battery fundamentally wrong anymore," said Mari Davtyan to The Moscow Times.

Statistics on domestic violence coming out of Russia are rather grim: 40% of all violent crimes are committed within the family according to the Interior Ministry. What that means in terms of actual populations: 36,000 women are beaten by their partners in Russia every day; 26,000 children are assaulted by their parents every year.

 “Traditional, or rather, archaic values have become popular again,” added Alyona Popova, an activist and women’s rights advocate.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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