Russian Investigative Committee chief says lawmakers need to rethink the decriminalization of domestic violence
Speaking at a board meeting for Russia's Federal Investigative Committee, agency chief Alexander Bastrykin criticized lawmakers’ decision in 2017 to decriminalize some forms of domestic violence. “This issue was removed, as I understand it, from criminal law?” said Russia’s top investigator. “Well now we’re reaping the violence.” Bastrykin called on lawmakers to “return to this issue,” arguing that “maniacs” who abuse children have “migrated to families — especially foster families.”
On February 3, Russia’s Federal Investigative Committee reported on frequent cases of violence against children in foster families.