Izvestia: Senator Kovitidi proposed to expand the allowable limits of self-defense in Russia
Committee member Federation Council on constitutional legislation and state building Olga Kovitidi proposed to expand the allowable limits of self-defence. On Tuesday, November 1, they write “News”.
According to the senator, for this it is necessary to introduce norms into the Criminal Code that take into account the difference in the strength of the parties in cases of exceeding the limits of self-defense. Kovitidi noted that many of the murders occur against the background of long-term domestic violence against women who, in protecting themselves and their children from beatings, exceed the limits of self-defense. In these cases, one must take into account that one side is obviously weaker physically, she believes.
In an interview with the publication, Kovitidi said that now there is a request from civil society to review the current version of Article 37 of the Criminal Code. The relevant bill is in State Duma, but he received a negative opinion from the government and the Supreme Court. “However, if there is such a request from civil society, then a compromise must be found,” the senator believes. To consider this issue, a decision was made to establish a working group.
By statistics Consortium of Women’s NGOs, in Russia in 2020 and 2021, 2,680 women died from domestic violence. This accounts for 70.9 percent and 71.1 percent respectively of all cases of murder of women in these two years.
The bill on the prevention of domestic violence appeared at the end of 2019 on the website of the Federation Council. The authors of the document suggested putting aggressors on a preventive record, as well as obliging those responsible for violence to leave their place of residence with the victim and stop communicating with her. December 27 Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko statedthat senators have taken a break in considering the law on domestic violence.
The bill has its opponents. So, in September 2021, the chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on Family Affairs and the Protection of Motherhood and Childhood, Priest Fedor Lukyanov declaredwhat ROC Together with the family community, she opposed the adoption of a law on the prevention of domestic violence. According to him, the law can lead to abuse and the facts of the removal of children from the family.
In addition, in October 2019, an open letter to the President of Russia was published online. Vladimir Putin against the adoption of the law on domestic violence, which was signed by 180 public organizations. The TV presenter also spoke out against the law Vladimir Solovyovdeclaring its uselessness.