6 Feb 2018 17:29

Decriminalization of domestic violence has failed families - head of Investigative Committee

MOSCOW. Feb 6 (Interfax) - The issue of decriminalizing domestic violence should be revisited; crime has shifted from streets to adoptive families, Alexander Bastrykin, the head of Russia's Investigative Committee, said.

"There is also another topic: a year-and-a-half ago, a law on domestic violence was introduced despite our opposition. This issue, as far as I understand, was taken out of criminal legislation. Well, now we are reaping violence," Bastrykin told his senior officials on Tuesday.

"We strangled street crime against children. We overcame it. The maniacs are no longer in the street but have moved into families, into adoptive families," Bastrykin said.

"Let's revisit this issue," the top investigator said.