In this photo taken on Thursday, January 26, Veronica (the name she has given in order to protect her identity), a woman who has been beaten by her husband, holds her child in a shelter for women who suffered from domestic violence outside Moscow, Russia. The lower house of the Russian parliament has given final approval to a bill decriminalising some forms of domestic violence in a move that has sparked intense public debate. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP

The lower house of the Russian parliament has given final approval to a bill decriminalising some forms of domestic violence. The State Duma voted 38(...)

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the  Duma: members voted on Wednesday to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence for first-time offenders. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Russian members of parliament moved on Wednesday to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence for first-time offenders who do not cause serious ph(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, who has overseen the emergence of a traditionalist ideology during his third term in office. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/Reuters

As huge crowds in the US took to the streets to flag women’s rights at the weekend, Russia was preparing to block an outbreak of similar rallies on i(...)