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Law Not on Side of Russia’s Domestic Violence Victims

Expand A protest performance staged by women’s rights activists in Saint Petersburg after Russia’s adoption of domestic violence legislation, January 2017.  © 2017 David Frenkel A jealous husband from a small town near Moscow took his 25-year-old wife and mother of their two small boys, Margarita Gracheva, to the woods, put a knife to her throat, and threatened to kill her. The woman called the police, but when a police officer eventually called her back 18 days later, they offered only to “talk” to the husband. It was in October 2017, and as with many cases of unaddressed family violence,…

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