Russian Ministry of Justice admits need for law on domestic violence

The Ministry of Justice admitted the need for a law on domestic violence


Earlier, Deputy Head of the Department Mikhail Galperin said that the scale of the problem of domestic violence in Russia is “quite exaggerated.”

The Russian Ministry of Justice actually recognised the seriousness and urgency of the domestic violence problem in an official letter sent to the relatives of four women who had died at the hands of their husbands and partners. This letter states that “the problem of domestic violence is common in many countries, including being an urgent issue for Russia”. It continued to say that “the state is obliged to provide unconditional protection against violence, regardless of who the victim is”.

Earlier, relatives demanded that the Ministry of Justice assess Galperin’s professional suitability following his statements on the exaggerated scale of the problem of domestic violence. This was reported by the publication “Such Cases” with reference to the human rights organisation Zone of Law, which represents the interests of the relatives of the dead women. The Ministry of Justice added that it fully supports the draft law on the prevention of family and domestic violence, but did not specify which version of the document they were referring to.

The original letter was sent to the Ministry of Justice by Shavkat Khusnullin (father of the deceased Gulnaz Badertdinova from the Samara region), Nikolai Ovchinnikov (father of Anna Ovchinnikova who was murdered by her husband and from the Chuvash Republic), Alexander Savchuk (father of Yana Savchuk who was beaten to death by her partner in the Orel region), and Roxanna Zaseeva (the sister of Regina Gayevoi from North Ossetia, who was stabbed to death by her ex-husband in a fit of jealousy).

In Russia, a special law on the prevention of family and domestic violence is being developed. The bill should give victims the right to protection from the aggressor, in particular a restraining order. According to the centre, 95% of domestic violence victims are women.