Russian lawmakers adopt law on decriminalization of battery in family

Russian lawmakers adopt law on decriminalization of battery in family

The State Duma adopted a law on decriminalization of battery against family members and other close persons in the third and final reading.

The bill provides for amendments to Article 116 of the Criminal Code, according to which "battery against close persons" is excluded from the number of crimes. Thus, they will be assigned to an administrative law, the bill states.

These measures are aimed at elimination of the ambiguous interpretation of the provisions of the Criminal Code, which appeared in July 2016 after the law on the responsibility for the assault against relatives was adopted. Then, the public noted that the battery in family are becoming more dangerous breach than beating other people. In addition, in a situation where responsibility for the assault depends on the public relations, people, who are close to each other, will be criminally prosecuted.

Now, the battery in the family is punishable by compulsory works (up to 360 hours), correctional labor (up to one year), restriction or imprisonment (up to two years), forced labor (up to two years), or arrest up to six months.

According to the bill, the person, who commits such an act twice, will be criminally prosecuted.

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