Russia — 2021 Could Be Dark Year for Women

  • Domestic Violence is not a crime in Russia.
  • Russia needs to increases its populous.
  • A new proposed law is meant to shame women in Russia.

This year could end up being one of the worst years for women in Russia. Perhaps it couldn’t get worse for women than when domestic violence was decriminalized in Russia, in June of 2016, making it an administrative offense, punishable by a fine or detention. Many fines imposed as a result of domestic violence are nominal.

Russia decriminalized nonaggravated battery in July of 2016 and made it an administrative offense punishable by a fine or detention. Only repeated instances of battery are now prosecuted as criminal offenses and punishable by criminal law.

Therefore, a man can easily abuse a woman in Russia. There many cases of women being beaten and burned. Some had hands cut off and their perpetrators remain free. Some even appear on Russian talk shows believing the women deserved it.

If a woman calls the police in Russia, in many instances, the officer will side with an abuser and the woman will have no recourse. At best, the man will pay a fine and continue to torture the woman.

Russia wants to increase their demographic numbers. If countries like Canada rely on immigrants to increase the number of people, Russia believes in encouraging the Russian populous to have a large number of children. The first incentive implemented by the Kremlin was giving mothers a lump sum of money for a second child and all others thereafter.

The amount is equivalent to two years worth of salary for an average Russian family. The amount can be used to purchase housing or be spent on the child’s education.

Instead, it caused alcoholics to procreate in large numbers and, as a result, the sums received were cashed via fraudulent purchases of residences that either do not exist or were deemed uninhabitable. The difference, in this case, is split between the agent, the owner, and the mother’s capital allowance holder. In addition, there is a spike of chidden being born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

However, the laws have changed in Russia, and now the funds are given even with the birth of a first child. During the Coronavirus pandemic, the families also received additional funds in Russia.

The Russian Orthodox Church is one of the autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Christian churches. Some 41.1% of Russians profess the Orthodox faith.

Still, things are about to change for the worse in Russia. A new proposal backed by the Russian Orthodox Church will force doctors to register each abortion as a death and to add it to the public registry. There, a woman’s personal information will be viewed, and for the rest of the woman’s life, it will remain public record.

Thus, the woman will be publicly shamed, regardless of whether the pregnancy was a result of rape. Even if there were medical reasons for an abortion, the women would be subjected to the same. The reasoning behind the proposal is to stop women from having abortions and to increase the Russian populous.

The question is, what happens to the privacy of the patient, and will the women stop going to the doctors during pregnancies? The proposal comes from men who believe they can control women’s bodies.

The other side of this scenario will be underground abortions and an increase in suicides due to shaming.

At present, there are serious considerations taking place to implement the proposal submitted by the Russian Orthodox Church. Personally, it is not for me, but I can’t judge others.

Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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