By Elizabeth Keatinge, Buzz60
The Russian parliament is taking steps to decriminalize domestic violence.
According to TIME, deputies in the lower house of parliament have given initial approval to a bill that would eliminate criminal liability for domestic violence. It would draw the line at serious bodily harm or rape.
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The bill still has a few steps to go before it makes it to President Vladimir Putin's desk.
In conservative Russian circles there has been a push recently to re-establish traditional ways of disciplining family members.
Russian domestic violence advocates have said the current system makes it difficult for a woman to seek help and this legislation would not improve that.
A poll by state-run pollster VTsIOM showed 19% of Russians think it can be "acceptable" to hit a wife, husband or child in certain circumstances.