Russia's State Duma passes bill decriminalizing domestic violence
The State Duma in the final reading passed legislation making domestic violence an administrative rather than criminal offence, only if it’s a first-time transgression.
The legislation concerns both parents who beat their children and husbands who assault their wives.
The document amends Article 116 of the Russian Criminal Code by excluding physical assaults on relatives from criminal offences while a person who commits the repeated assaults will be prosecuted according to criminal law, the authors say.
This concerns beatings that inflict physical pain but do not cause serious bodily injury. If there is any threat to the person’s health, the attacker will face criminal charges.
In cases of repeated assaults, a defendant will face a fine of up to 40,000 rubles ($676), compulsory community service for up to six months or an arrest for up to three months.
The administrative offence for first-time physical assaults envisages a fine of up to 30,000 rubles ($507), an arrest up to 15 days or compulsory community service up to 120 hours, TASS reports.