The Russian parliament recently passed a law softening the punishment for domestic violence. The majority of the victims are women, and any who openly oppose the new law are finding it difficult to have their voices heard.
The Russian parliament has passed a controversial law that decriminalizes some forms of domestic violence. First-time offenders need no longer fear criminal prosecution.
The Kremlin has put its faith in one particular group of voters for Russia's presidential election: women. Will a large turnout by female voters propel President Vladimir Putin to an overwhelming victory?
President Putin and the upper house of parliament are mulling a bill that would ease some penalties for domestic violence that has already passed the Duma. Women's rights campaigners fear it will encourage abuse.
DW presents portraits of gay men and women in Russia, where homophobia is widespread. Our subjects tell their stories to DW's Moscow correspondent, Juri Rescheto.
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