RUSSIA: Parliament Goes Rogue Voting 380 – 3 to Decriminalize Domestic Violence

“If he beats you it means he loves you.” This, apparently, is an old Russian proverb and one that the Russian parliament takes as gospel. The new bill which must be signed by President Vladimir Putin will make domestic violence a crime only if there is substantial bodily harm that occurs more than once per year. Otherwise, if it is just some “minor” bumps and bruises, the perp will only have to pay a fine or maybe face 15 days in jail – no more.

Evidently, a spokesperson for the Kremlin told news reporters that domestic violence is not ipso facto a criminal offense.