Only three lawmakers voted against the "decriminalization of battery" bill, which makes "minor" instances of family violence administrative, not criminal, infractions, and punishable with fines, community service, or jail terms of a maximum of 15 days.
It now moves to President Vladimir Putin for signature; Putin is widely expected to sign the bill.
"We do not have any special legislation against domestic violence."Russian law categorizes criminal assault by its severity.
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Russia's parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to decriminalize domestic violence.
This particular reminder comes courtesy of an old newspaper clipping from the by way of the folks at Dangerous Minds, who posted an image of it.
In the newspaper column, pictured below, readers are asked to bat around what was an apparently an issue back in the day: "If a woman needs it, should she be spanked?