Russia is decriminalizing domestic violence

“In Russian traditional family culture parent-child relationships are built on the authority of the parents‘ power… The laws should support that family tradition.”

A bill decriminalizing domestic violence has passed its first reading in Russia’s State Duma.

Some 368 lawmakers voted in favor of the law, with just one deputy voting against the plans. One other deputy abstained from the vote.

The bill would remove the charge of „battery within families“ from Russia’s Criminal Code, downgrading it to an administrative offense. Criminal charges would only be brought against offenders if familial beatings took place more than once a year.

The bill was spearheaded by ultra-conservative Russian lawmaker Yelena Mizulina, who is already notorious for successfully lobbying Russia’s controversial “gay propaganda” law.
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Pussy Riot Flee Russia

Two activists of the Pussy Riot punk-rock group who are being sought by Russian police have fled the country, the band’s Twitter account says.

Three members of the group were jailed this month for staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral.
The pair who fled have not been named but the husband of one of the jailed women said the duo had taken part in the cathedral protest in February.

Many in the West condemned the Pussy Riot sentences as disproportionate.

However, the Kremlin has rejected accusations by musicians and some governments that the case was politically motivated.

Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich were found guilty of „hooliganism motivated by religious hatred“ and jailed for two years.
‚Big collective‘

The Twitter account called Pussy Riot Group said: „In regard to the pursuit, two of our members have successfully fled the country! They are recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new actions!“

Tolokonnikova’s husband, Pyotr Verzilov, told Reuters news agency: „Since the Moscow police said they are searching for them, they will keep a low profile for now. They are in a safe place beyond the reach of the Russian police.“
Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), Maria Alyokhina (C) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) in court in Moscow (17 Aug 2012) The jailed trio are serving two-year sentences

He suggested that this meant a country that had no extradition arrangement with Russia.

Mr Verzilov told Reuters: „Twelve or even 14 members who are still in Russia actively participate in the band’s work now, it’s a big collective.“

The jailed women are appealing against their sentences.

Following the verdict, Russian police said they were actively searching for other members of the group who had taken part in the cathedral protest.

But they gave no names and did not say how many were being sought.

The jailed women said their performance of a „punk prayer“ on 21 February in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral had been to highlight the Russian Orthodox Church leader’s support for Mr Putin.

Their brief, obscenity-laced performance, which implored the Virgin Mary to „throw Putin out“, enraged the Orthodox Church.

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Don’t forget the people in Russia!

This morning, St. Petersburg legislators passed the 2nd reading of the outrageous „propaganda“ bill that will silence millions of Russian LGBT voices. Our friend Polina reports that we still have time to call our world leaders — the final vote will come next week. Call your foreign affairs office now, and spread the word HERE.

The Russian law to silence LGBT people is back — and we need to act now.

Lawmakers are about to vote on bill that will make it illegal for any person to write a book, publish an article or speak in public about being gay, lesbian, bi or transgender. And this is just the beginning – if the law passes in St. Petersburg, officials have threatened to take it nationwide.

Activists in St. Petersburg are rushing to organize a public protest against the bill, but no matter where you are, you can stand with them. Join this call to leaders around the world to reach out to their counterparts in the Russian government – and ask them to reject this discriminatory and anti-democratic law.

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A law which outlaws „homosexual propaganda“ has been approved by parliamentarians in St Petersburg – a move that has outraged rights activists in Russia and across the world.

„Propaganda“ is defined by the bill as „enticements, positive opinions and comments that promote non-traditional sexual and family relations to minors“. The MP behind it said the legislation would target „themed“ clubs for teenagers, and the spreading of information about homosexuality on social networks.

The law would ban the dissemination of information „which could cause damage to the health or moral and spiritual development of minors, including by inducing them to form warped perceptions that traditional and non-traditional married relations are equally socially acceptable“.

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