25 Nov 2019 15:08

Russian parliament, govt agree that extra measures needed to fight domestic violence - Matviyenko

MOSCOW. Nov 25 (Interfax) - Parliamentarians will not delay submission to the State Duma of a bill on the prevention of domestic violence, Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said.

Adjustment will have been made to the bill by the end of November, she said.

"We expect the bill to be adjusted by December 1 taking into account all stated remarks and we have no intention of delaying its submission," Matviyenko told reporters on Monday.

The time has come to pass such a law, she said.

"The parliament and the government unanimously agree now that additional measures are needed to fight domestic violence. And there are no contradictions here," Matviyenko said.

There are many regulations on this matter in the Russian legislation, but the Federation Council's working group studied the problems and came to the conclusion that some changes to the current code are needed.

"The law on the prevention of violence is a manifestation in the state policies of the need to fight this evil, this, I would say, social anachronism. It's the formation in society of zero tolerance of any forms of violence, it's the understanding that this shameful phenomenon is unacceptable in our state," Matviyenko said.

Fears that this law opens up the doors to excessive interference in family affairs are groundless, she said. "That's not the case at all," Matviyenko said.