[Marxism] Fwd: Russia's decriminalization of domestic abuse: a sign of conservatives' influence? - CSMonitor.com

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jan 26 16:44:25 MST 2017

Less than a year after a baby step forward to protect women from 
domestic violence, Russia is taking a bigger step backward.

That's the view of women's rights advocates after the 
conservative-dominated State Duma, the lower house of parliament, 
overwhelmingly approved legislation that effectively decriminalizes 
"first offense" domestic violence, which is virtually certain to be 
adopted in its final reading Friday.

The legal changes have been accompanied by ferocious public debate and 
street protests – which itself reflects a shift in Russian social 
awareness of an issue that's long been in the shadows. But the outcome 
does appear to confirm the political ascendancy of social conservatives 
since the pro-Kremlin United Russia party won a crushing victory in last 
September's State Duma elections.

On display is the growing influence of the Russian Orthodox Church, 
which is pushing a strong traditionalist agenda. The church was actively 
behind a recent law banning the "propaganda of sexual minorities," aimed 
at Russia's beleaguered LGBT community. The Kremlin, while perhaps not 
the main driving force of the conservative wave, has clearly acquiesced 
to it and President Vladimir Putin is expected to sign the new law.


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