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Kennan Xplainer: Domestic Violence Legislation in Russia

October 21, 2021

In the latest Kennan Xplainer, the Kennan Institute takes a close look at how Russia’s legislation to protect survivors of domestic violence has changed over the years and the voices fighting for and against reform.

Written by Victoria Pardini

Produced by Cynthia Garcia, Victoria Pardini, Nina Rozhanovskaya, and Jude Schroeder


Roach, Madeline. “Russia's Leaders Won't Deal With a Domestic Violence Epidemic. These Women Stepped Up Instead.” Time Magazine. 3 March 2021.

Yurtaev, Alexey. “Inside the fight over Russia’s domestic violence law” Open Democracy. 17 February 2020.

Галанина, Ангелина, Валерия Мишина. “Россияне готовы поднять руку на домашнее насилие.” Коммерсантъ. 6 April 2020.

“Проект Консорциума женских НПО «Близким лицом Близкому лицу» победил в хакатоне «Прожектор 2021»” Консорциум женских неправительственных объединений. 15 February 2021.

“Проект закона о профилактике семейно-бытового насилия: Комментарии” Совет Федерации: Федерального Собрания Российской Федерации. 29 November 2019.

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