A member of the HRC found the cause of patience battered wives in Russia

Sergey Pashin

Member of the presidential Council for development of civil society institutions and human rights (HRC) Sergey Pashin tied wide spread of domestic violence in a country with poverty. He told this in an interview with “Tape.ru”, commenting on the adoption by the state Duma of the law on decriminalization of the battery.

Replacing criminal penalties for family beatings of the administrative section will make it easier to prosecute for the offence. According to Pashin, in the case of the signing of the bill by the President, even fewer cases of domestic violence, will come to court. A member of the HRC attributes this to the fact that a woman would rather stay with a husband who beat her up than will give a statement and will be living alone. “For the most part people have the poor — a beating a beating, and want to eat all the time. That is why the woman, even filing an application, then it asks you to pick up, so God forbid not to be alone”, he added.

While divorces in the country will be no more. “The social situation remains the same: women receive lower wages than men, and therefore do not want to lose a breadwinner and father of their children. We say: “Beats — means loves”, is the national mentality. Women don’t want to be alone. So there is another saying: “sterpitsya – slyubitsya”,” Pashin said.

In turn, the state Duma Deputy Vitaly Milonov believes that the state initially did not have to carry home the beatings to criminal acts. “Family things are happening. And the man who says he never argues with his wife is either a Saint or a liar, — said Milonov in an interview with National news service (NSN). — If something happens in the family, does not entail criminality, it is not necessary for the state to meddle in the marital bed and sit there with a flashlight!”

Earlier on Friday, 27 January, the state Duma in the final reading adopted a law abolishing criminal liability for battery against family members. The beatings at first, will be punished according to the administrative article, and not a criminal as before. When re-offense committed in the course of the year, the act is qualified as a criminal offence.

Beatings are acts that cause physical pain but not leading to short-term health and disability.