Do­mes­tic Abuse De­crim­i­nalised

The re­peal of laws on do­mes­tic abuse means abusers have lit­tle to fear from the Rus­sian po­lice or the rus­sian courts to­day

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Mikhail Khachatu­ryan’s mur­der has come at a crit­i­cal time for the Rus­sian jus­tice sys­tem. Con­tro­ver­sially, the crime of bat­tery at home was de­crim­i­nalised just two years ago, and the Khachatu­ryan sis­ters’ trial has be­come a touch­stone for both pro­gres­sive and con­ser­va­tive opin­ion in Rus­sia to­day.

Pro­gres­sives say that the girls’ act was forced upon them af­ter fail­ures by the po­lice, so­cial ser­vices and the school sys­tem. Con­ser­va­tives say the girls are pre­med­i­tated killers and the full force of the law should be ap­plied.

The sis­ters’ plight has so­licited a lot of sup­port on Rus­sian so­cial me­dia, though de­bate was shut down by the host Vkon­takte, un­der po­lice and state pres­sure ac­cord­ing to ac­tivists. Sup­port­ers of the Khachatu­ryan sis­ters say they have been at­tacked ( on­line) by men who be­lieve that the sis­ters are guilty, what­ever the cir­cum­stances in their home and their fa­ther’s ac­tions to­wards them.

With do­mes­tic as­sault ef­fec­tively de­crim­i­nalised since 2017 things have be­come worse, with some politi­cians ar­gu­ing that hus­bands should be al­lowed to hit their wives, and the Rus­sian Or­tho­dox Church con­doned the use of cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment in the home as ‘ God’s will’. The av­er­age fine for do­mes­tic abuse ( when it is even pros­e­cuted) has fallen to 5,000 rou­bles (£ 58).

Im­ages were re­leased show­ing in­juries to the sis­ters, al­legedly in­flicted on them by their abu­sive fa­ther

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