RUSSIA: Bill To Decriminalize Domestic Violence Advances, Author Spearheaded “Gay Propaganda” Ban

The Moscow Times reports:

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.

Mizulina first took up the fight in July 2016, when President Vladimir Putin decriminalized other forms of assault and battery that did not cause actual bodily harm. Mizulina has called the decision to define battery within families as a more serious offense – alongside hooliganism and hate assaults — as “anti-family, and claims that the law undermines parents’ “right” to beat their children.

The 2013 video below reports on Mizulina and the “gay propaganda” ban. In 2010 Mizulina was “honored” by the World Congress Of Families, which is now headed by NOM president Brian Brown.

  • Blake Jordan

    Americans can see their future play out in Russia…

    • Blake Jordan

      Once congress passes the national version of HB2…

      I fully expect them to pass an American version of Russia’s “gay propaganda” law…

      • glass

        And it won’t be long before we delete the Constitution and replace it with the White Jesus Bible.

        Thankfully all those nut job conservatives have squirreled away a ton of guns. That makes it easier for us to rob them (yay free guns) and take our country back. Unless trump pushes the red buttons, then, well, Chernobyl II.

        • Nowhereman

          Exactly. We could do a raid on their homes while they’re at church or KKK meetings or Trump “victory” rallies. Easy peasy.

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        • FreeCandyVanDriver

          The conservatives think that we on the left don’t have guns. Because being liberal means being a wimp, somehow.

          NH has concealed carry. It’s /really/ easy to get. Just 50 bux and the signatures of 3 non-felons. If you can’t get 3 non-felons to sign for you, then you’re hanging out with the wrong friends.

      • Guest

        Wow. I do not like to say this, but she is an ugly looking human. As ugly on the outside as the inside.

    • safari

      And some Americans welcome it.

    • james1200

      If there is a sicker society in the world than Russia today, I’d like to see it. That is a society that has hit rock bottom.

      • Nowhereman

        And it is the blueprint for what Trump and the GOPTP want to do here.

      • gewaite

        North Korea?

      • Prixator

        Saudi Arabia?

        If they didn’t have oil, they would be a pariah state.

    • Falconlights

      Pretty much.

  • Dagoril

    Coming soon to an Amerika near you…

  • vorpal

    A family that flays together stays together. ❤️️

    • Todd20036

      I’ve flogged a few people.
      Men though.
      Does that count?

      • Ray Taylor

        Did you want them to stay?

        • Todd20036

          Yes. Yes, I did.

          • vorpal

            Did they?
            Or did they manage to chew through the restraints and make a break for it?
            They just don’t make duct tape like they used to :(.

          • The_Wretched

            I once broke a restraint and caught the flogger midswing. It wasn’t intentional on my part. Freaked the top out.

        • JCF
    • Gustav2

      Is that a rule of thumb?

      • vorpal

        Ancient Russian wisdumb… like how homosexuality is contagious to children under the age of 12.

        They are a learned people.

        • Todd20036

          Is that an actual belief in Russia?

          • The_Wretched

            It might as well be. They criminalized ‘homosexual propaganda’. Merely announcing that you are gay counts and it was passed as a ‘oh wont you please think of the children’. Apparently, knowing a gay person exists is enough to magically turn kids gay (as opposed to them sitting around confused about what’s ‘wrong’ with them).

          • Dean

            There is an old saying in Russia that a man doesn’t love his wife if he won’t beat her.

  • Todd20036

    Because domestic violence laws only empower women.

    Cannot have women capable of legally fighting back, now can we?

    I can see this passing a red Congress.

    I can even see a lot of American WOMEN being for this.

    • Cackalaquiano

      You get one time per year to get it outta your system. Sorta like the purge.

      • vorpal

        Given that it’s Russia, I’m just surprised that this is a limit instead of a quota.

    • zhera

      And children, who apparently must be protected from seeing gay people holding hands, should NOT be protected from beatings. Because Jezziz!

      Fuck Russia.

  • Bared Bear

    Did all of the decent people die in 2016? What the actual fuck?

    • jimbo65

      It’s depressing. I keep seeing all this in my mind as a good vs Evil trope. And so far good is getting its ass kicked.

    • gaymex1

      No…we’re still here at JMG

    • james1200

      Sometimes the world slips into chaos and it goes from normal to catastrophe so quickly we often don’t see it coming (WWI being one example.) We’re entering one of those times but this time, it’s based on racial issues. They can scream about an “economic crisis” or the “refugee crisis” being the driving force of this backlash against liberal democracy but it’s simpler than that: it’s race. Both Europe and the U.S. are turning brown and it’s making people anywhere from anxious to apocalyptic. There will be a backlash to the backlash that is spectacular, especially with the short-fingered putz leading the free world.

      • Falconlights

        I’ve been thinking this for some time now. They see that soon white people will become a minority in the US.–and that scares the crap out of them.

  • Cuberly

    Ah Russia. The new third world, but with nukes!

    That isn’t Pat Robertson in drag?

  • Earl

    My, what a highly civilized nation they are. Actually, they are. Compared to what they used to be.

  • Bryan

    So when your husband beats the fuck out of you for bein’ an ignorant slut, you won’t have any recourse? For that one reason and that one reason alone I’m behind this. We’ll repeal it right after.

  • Bared Bear

    She looks just like my first grade teacher who used to round up and spank all the boys because somebody spit in her chair and she knew it had to be a boy. She used a board painted with the all-seeing illuminati eye… weird as fuck, that one.

    • Bryan

      Trump could actually do a single good act in his life by sending Russian hookers to piss on her grave.

    • vorpal

      Creepy. Sounds like the older version of the Elf on the Shelf?
      I’ve always thought, on a similar note, that one of these would be highly appropriate for my office door for the sake of my coworkers:

      • Bared Bear

        That’d be pretty nice to have. I keep a brightly painted sun on my office door made out of coconut(s) that I bought in a market in the Mayan Riviera… it’s decorated with polar bear ornaments right now for the winter.

        I work mostly with other surly introverts or similarly damaged extroverts… so, thankfully, we all (except that one obligatory exception, of course) usually self-limit our contact with each other.

        • vorpal

          LOL this is the same with me, as a programmer.

          We actually have an internal messaging program and most of us prefer to contact each other via that instead of walk to each other’s practically next door offices.

          • One of eldest’ college room mates wanted to be messaged rather than spoken too…..

      • The_Wretched

        We got an elf on the shelf as a gift. My daughter named it after her self and promptly set about throwing it everywhere saying that the elf could fly. This is counter to chippy lore as you’re never supposed to touch chippy (who magically moves at night).

  • Bryan

    -What happened to your face ma’am?
    -I…I fell.
    -I see, well nothing here seems to be amiss, I’d get that shiner checked out ma’am.

  • WitlessProtection

    Is it just me or is she like a Russian Phyllis Shoofly?

    • zhera

      It’s not just you.

    • JCF

      God willing, may she join her!

  • geoffalnutt

    Coupled with the excessive drinking, what could possibly go wrong?

    • Steverino

      This is what happens when everybody in a country is born with fetal alcohol syndrome.

  • OdieDenCO

    russia, leading the world in human wrongs

    • JCF

      Well, the Right usually leads in wrongs.

  • GayOldLady

    So, as long as you only beat your wife or your children once a year it’s not a crime, it’s just an “administrative offense”? This sounds like something tRump might try to implement right away.

  • worstcultever

    Jesus fucking christ

    • vorpal

      Sounds like you need to take a Krokodil chill pill.

      • Bryan

        It’s so good your skin’ll melt off.

        Edit: Hey, y’all ever try out that Godddddd drug?

        • vorpal

          Who needs a facial peel when you have Krokodil?
          The new beauty product out of Russia.

          God drug? LOL which one? There are so many!

  • Bared Bear

    The blonds on Fox will blink in wide-eyed in submission as they booble head in agreement.

  • Cackalaquiano

    The trends in Russia remind us that we can never, ever allow ourselves the complacency of thinking our society can’t possibly move backwards.

    • B Snow

      I’m thinking of putting “We Will Not Regress” on a sign for the women’s march in Atlanta on the 21st. Not as hopeful or positive as “We Shall Overcome”, but it’s how I’m feeling right now.

      • Cackalaquiano

        I like that. I’ve been trying to figure out what to put on my sign for the 21st protests. This idea covers a lot. No going backward in terms of LGBT, women, race, health, etc, etc. I want to stand with many groups.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Well now you have something to show people when they go “why’s Russia supposed to be so bad, anyway?” (aside from the murdered journalists and dissidents)

    • beariac

      And also aside from the abysmal treatment of LGBT people, of course, but that’s a given. Unfortunately.

  • Tiger Quinn

    When Snowden fled to Russia and people acted like it was some noble gesture instead of running RIGHT INTO OUR ENEMY’S HANDS, I wanted to slap the shit out of them.

  • canoebum

    I guess if you can only beat your wife once a year, better make a good one, a beating she won’t soon forget.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Either she thinks anybody who gets beaten deserves it or she gets beaten regularly and is bitchy enough to wish every other gets beaten too instead of actually solving the problem. She reminds of those female enforcers in The Handmaid’s Tale, who got off on making other women miserable because that was the only power they could wield.

    • BobSF_94117

      Or she pounds the crap out of her own husband but only once a year.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I googled and she’s married with two kids. I bet her marriage sucks.

        • Acronym Jim

          Especially for the kids.

  • greenmanTN
  • TexasBoy

    The Donald’s response…Hey, it’s better to beat up your spouse than to beat up a stranger. I mean, I can’t help it if wife beaters are passionate people, like my followers that I told to beat up people.

  • ErikDC

    Don’t worry folks. Sarah Palin will keep an eye on those Ruskies and make sure the beatings don’t get out of hand. The Palin’s know a thing or two about domestic violence.

  • Ninja0980

    How do you say vile human being in Russian?

  • BobSF_94117

    Well, this is weird. Apparently the law was utterly rejected in the actual vote.

    Maybe the vote reported above is just procedural. It does say “first reading”. Maybe all bills get past a first reading.

    • Dirk Prophet

      What does RT have to say on the subject?

      • TimCA

        Whatever the Kremlin tells them to say 🙁

    • John Kusters

      Joe’s report is from today. Your link is from Oct 20, 2016. Maybe the brought it back up and decided it was a good idea after all?

      • BobSF_94117

        Well that certainly is weird. Fake news? One or the other? Both?

        I’m going to go break open a pack of index cards and reminisce about better, less confusing days…

  • Dirk Prophet

    We can expect similar federal and state legislation here. Cops really hate domestic disputes.

  • dcurlee

    I see Trump going….see another Yuge wonderful idea in Russia. He will probably hire her to head up family services

    • Bj Lincoln

      Sounds about right.

  • Ribb Rotgut

    What a miserable country.

  • stuckinthewoods

    O/T: Because in discussion of “bathroom bills” on JMG it’s often brought up how confused bigots would be by real life trans people, this from a conference on VA House derogate “Sideshow Bob” Marshall’s bathroom bill…

    “Several LGBT-rights groups attended the event, and things went off script when Theodore Kahn, a 32 year old transgender man from Richmond, stood up and pointedly asked where the bill’s proponents felt he should go to the bathroom.
    “Not here,” Marshall replied.
    Travis Witt of the Virginia First Foundation answered by saying there should be a third bathroom option that could be a place for families.
    “I’m not a family,” Kahn interjected.
    “Excuse me, sir,” Witt said.
    “You called me sir!” Kahn said.

    • The Return of Traxley

      oh snap

  • ByronK

    One sharp slap for woman, one giant leap backwards for humankind.

    • ColdCountry


    • kanehau

      But only once a year s

  • ColdCountry

    I think it’s time to start hiding the books, the scientific data, and the “lewd” art. I fear another Dark Age is coming – and I don’t just mean a nuclear winter.

    • Jerry

      Not a bad idea…they already are backing up internet data, from US, in Canada. As Trump and followers don’t believe/don’t like any contrary information, and they like to shoot the messenger, I think we need to export information to a safe nation.

      The minute that job creation numbers, or GNP, or any other economic data starts to slip, I think the new administration will either squash the gathering of the data or suddenly end its publication.

    • JCF

      …though it’s safe to say that Nuclear Winter would be the FINAL Dark Age.

  • beariac

    THIS is why the US State Department should be working for the advancement of human rights for all rather than, for example, starting a witch hunt for those who seek to advance protection for LGBT people.

  • boatboy_srq

    Yessir, this is DEFINITELY a nation the US should get closer to. (Also Uganda, and Mali, and Sudan, and Mozambique…)


    • The_Wretched

      saudi arabia

      • boatboy_srq

        That’s a horrible way to talk about Texas… wait, what?

        • The_Wretched

          given texas’s penchant for murdering citizens via the ‘justice’ system (including known innocent people), I could see them adding the death for being gay penalty like the haus of sah-uud.

  • Natty Enquirer

    They’re becoming quite the bastion of white thug culture over there.

  • rednekokie

    First, the gays — now the women. Expect exactly the same thing to happen here — especially with Kremlin Kellyanne leading the pack.

    • Acronym Jim

      ..and the children. This is an actual case where “think of the children” is truly relevant.

    • The Return of Traxley

      And coming soon, the disabled, the mentally ill, minorities, enemies of the state, “lesser people.”

  • jm2

    I would bet she’s the abuser, not the abused….

    • The_Wretched

      probably both but the former with glee

  • Acronym Jim

    It sounds like she is a fan of the Kindle version of “To Train Up a Child”…

    …and a certain NC “reverend.”

    • The_Wretched

      The Pearls should be on trial for accessory to murder. More than a few kids have been killed by their teaching parents to batter kids. There’s a body count directly attributable to those following the ‘teachings’.

  • TCinBerkeley

    Who knew Dolores Umbridge had a muggle sister?

  • Stev84

    Many people in America would love the same. Beating wives is stigmatized, but children already don’t have any rights. They are the property of their parents. For exactly the same reason: “claims that the law undermines parents’ right to beat their children.”

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Beating wives is a point of pride to Trump supporters.

  • Robincho

    Does Mizulina have little stilettos that swing out from the toes of her shoes?…

    • Robert Conner

      “From Russian, with love…”

  • Robert Anthony

    Regressive. Primitive. Abusive. Backwards. Welcome to Russia.

    • Tor

      And soon,,,,, the USA.

  • Menergy

    she seems nice….

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Barbaric, there’s no other way to describe this.

  • TimCA

    Fascist / traditionally authoritarian political regimes are generally structured on patriarchal principals of male supremacy. Women and sexual minorities have little if any rights. The legal ability for men to use women as human punching bags helps to reinforce and maintain women in their place as social inferiors.

    Say no to fascism in America!

    • Vista-Cruiser

      The time to say no was back on November 8. It’s probably too late now.

      • TimCA

        As grim as it appears at this point just don’t concede. It’s never too late to resist!

  • Clive Johnson

    The self-degradation of conservatism continues apace.

    The evidence is in: Using physical violence against children leads to poorer outcomes for them. They make worse moral decisions and life choices. This kind of authoritarian bullying–which is what it is–reproduces authoritarian and violent tendencies in adults.

    And then there’s this:

    “…according to estimates, based on studies in a few selected regions conducted by the Russian interior ministry, a shocking 600,000 women in Russia are facing physical and verbal abuse at home every year. Out of those, 14,000 die from injuries inflicted by husbands or partners. That is almost 40 a day.”

    It’s an insidious cycle with “traditional values.” The entire lifeworld created by advocates of traditional values inevitably produces a series of harms, dysfunctions and incapacity for self-transcendence, which then forms the kind of minds that think traditional family values are good and must be defended in the first place.

    An example of this was when Minnesota was debating an anti-bullying law (which passed) after a series of LGBT suicides in schools. You would think this would have enjoyed overwhelming support. Not at all. Comments on news sites from conservatives frequently either lauded bullying as character building or as a “fact of life.”

    Here as in Russia, the forces of reaction want everyone down in the gutter with them.

    • Robert Conner

      My partner and I are even now binge watching a conservative values show called “Game of Thrones.”

      • Clive Johnson

        I’m afraid if we started watching it we’d be binging too. We last did that with Battlestar Galactica…

  • IamM

    Hey kids, remember when Donald J. Trump’s lawyer said that raping your spouse was legal?

  • rusty57

    What do they call it when the abused sides with their abuser?
    I have a suspicion that Ms Mizulina has suffered abuse at the hands of family members.

    • Robert Conner

      “What do they call it when the abused sides with their abuser?”

      Well, in my village we call it “fucking stupid.”

      • rusty57

        Well, I was thinking of Stockholm Syndrome.
        But your description could just as easily apply.

  • Mark

    Can you imagine the confusion the bill will cause when the end of the year approaches and a guy has to choose wife or child, wife or child, wife or child…??
    Which one do I beat?


  • Matt

    How long until conservatives follow their lead on this? 3… 2… 1…

  • Mike Knife

    There they go, back to the dark ages.

  • Nowhereman

    Coming soon to a legislative body near you…

  • JNK

    Russia is morphing into Saudi Arabia. Take a good f*^king look and behold what right-wing nutjobs would bring to America if they got the opportunity.

  • The world is slowly going crazy.

  • Robert Conner

    Let’s bring back serfdom, corvée, child labor and droit de seigneur. Let’s stop this accursed dithering around and get the hell back to feudalism. Russia, you go first!

  • PBGVNinja

    Let’s see how she feels when her husband beats the shit out of her and she has no legal recourse. An administrative sanction – please. On the other hand she looks like the type who would haul out a rolling pin and start banging her husband around the head with it. Since she has immunity from prosecution as a parliamentarian, even under current Russian law she probably wouldn’t be charged with anything.

  • fuzzybits

    It’s like the world’s worst fever dream anymore.

  • Gianni

    Just remember: If you’re going to beat the shit out of your spouse, only do it once a year. More and you’ll get into some minor legal trouble. Apparently, the Russians figure that a little slugfest among family members once in a while is OK. What a country!

  • JCF