THIS IS GOING TO SOUNDABSOLUTELY CRAZY, BUT RUSSIA'S LEGISLATURE JUST TOOK ANOTHERSTEP TOWARDS DECRIMINALIZING DOMESTIC ASSAULT.

THAT'S NOT SORE ñ THAT'S NOTNORMALLY THE SORT OF NEWS THAT WE GET, IT SOUNDS LIKE BIZARRONEWS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT'S ALL TOO REAL.

LET ME JUST ASK, DID TRUMP TWEETYET? PUTIN STRONG, KNEW IT.

HE'S A VERY STRONG MAN, VLADIMIRPUTIN.

"DEPUTIES IN THE LOWER HOUSE OFPARLIAMENT HAVE GIVEN INITIAL APPROVAL TO A BILL LIMITING ñELIMINATING COMMERCIAL LIABILITY FOR THE REST OF VIOLENCE THATSTOPS SHORT OF SERIOUS BODILY HARM OR RAPE.

" "THE BILL WOULD MAKE BATTERY ONA FAMILY MEMBER PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF LESS THAN $500 OR A 15DAY ARREST.

" WHICH IS, I GUESS SOMETHING, BUTPERHAPS NOT ENOUGH.

IN THE OLD DAYS THAT WOULD HAVEBEEN ASSAULT, AND WOULD HAVE HAD AN APPROPRIATE PENALTY THATWOULD HAVE BEEN FAR MORE THAN $500 OR 15 DAYS.

BECAUSE IF YOU ASSAULT SOMEONEIN THE STREETS, AND BEAT THEM, FIRST OF ALL AT ALL, THAT'S ASERIOUS PENALTY IN RUSSIAN LAW, LET ALONE BEAT THEM FAIRLYAGGRESSIVELY, VICIOUSLY, AN EVEN GREATER SENTENCE, ETC.

BUT NOW IF YOU ARE DOING IT YOURWIFE OR KIDS, $500 OR 15 DAYS.

WELL, YOU DIDN'T RAPE THEM ORCAUSE THEM BODILY DAMAGE, SO IT'S FINE.

I ASSUMED, THESE ARETRANSLATIONS FROM RUSSIAN, MAYBE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO PUT THEWORST POSSIBLE SPIN ON IT, AND ALL OF THE ARTICLES WEREPEPPERED WITH RUSSIAN EXPRESSIONS.

EXPRESSIONS LIKE, IF HE HITS YOUYOU KNOW HE LOVES YOU, AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND I DON'T NORMALLY BUY THOSE,BECAUSE THERE ARE MILLIONS OF OLD EXPRESSIONS AND WHO KNOWSWHAT THAT REPRESENT ñ WHO KNOWS WHAT THAT REPRESENTS.

BUT WE HAVE A SURVEY WE AREGOING TO GET TO IN A SECOND, BUT FIRST, TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OFHOW ñ WHAT A PROBLEM TO MASSIVE VIOLENCE AND ASSAULT ARE INRUSSIA, IN 2013, MORE THAN 9000 WOMEN WERE REPORTED TO HAVE BEENKILLED BY THE MYSTIC ASSAULTS.

THAT IS IN ONE YEAR.

AND THAT IS NOT, WOMEN WHO WEREHIT, OR WERE INJURED, THAT IS WOMEN WHO WERE KILLED BY THEMUSICK VIOLENCE THAT IS NOW BEING TOLERATED AND TO SOMEEXTENT DECRIMINALIZED.

CAN I JUST JUMP IN FOR A SECOND? THIS LAW STILL SAYS THAT YOUCANNOT KILL YOUR WIFE OR HUSBAND.

ARE WE NOT MERCIFUL? YES, WE APPRECIATE THAT.

SO YOU SAY, THAT DOESN'T APPLYTO THE 9000 THAT WERE KILLED.

WELL IT DOES, BECAUSE THAT'S HOWIT STARTS.

IT STARTS WITH THE BEATINGS, ANDTHEN THEY GET WORSE, AND THEN ONE DAY THEY DIE.

THERE WAS A STORY IN THEASSOCIATED PRESS WHERE THERE WAS A RELATIVELY FAMOUS STORY ABOUTA WOMAN CALLING INTO AN OFFICER AND ASKING FOR HELP, AND ANOFFICER ñ AND AGAIN, THIS REPORTING ñ THIS IS REPORTEDFROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ñ IT IS FAIRLY WELL-KNOWN IN RUSSIATHAT OFFICERS DON'T RESPOND TO THE MESSAGE VIOLENCE CASES,SO THE OFFICER SAID, CALL ME IF HE IS ABOUT TO KILL YOU.

WELL, SHE COULDN'T BECAUSE HEWAS ABOUT TO KILL HER, AND HE DID, SO THEY FINALLYINVESTIGATED IT BECAUSE ñ BUT IT WAS TOO LATE, BECAUSE SHEWAS DEAD.

IF THIS SEEMS CRAZY, WE HAD THISIN AMERICA NOT TOO LONG AGO.

THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE WHO LEFTBARBARIC VIEWS ON DOMESTIC ABUSE TODAY, BUT A FEW DAYS AGO IT WASJUST SORT OF A PRIVATE THING.

THE POLICE GENERALLY DIDN'T GETINVOLVED, THEY THOUGHT, YEAH, YOU DISCIPLINE YOUR WIFE.

THEY MADE JOKES ABOUT IT IN TVAND MOVIES ñ STILL TODAY, BUT NOT AS MUCH.

THERE WAS A SURVEY THIS MONTH BYSTATE RUN POLLSTER THAT SHOWED THAT 19% OF RUSSIANS SAID IT CANBE ACCEPTABLE TO HIT ONE'S WIFE, HUSBAND OR CHILD IN CERTAINCIRCUMSTANCES.

AGAIN, I DON'T WANT TO OPEN THISCAN OF WORMS, BECAUSE I KNOW PEOPLE WILL HAVE VERY STRONGOPINIONS, BUT WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT PEOPLE HITTING THEIR KIDSHERE IN AMERICA, OR WHATEVER TERM THEY USE, A LOT OF PEOPLE,DEPENDING ON THE REGION, THINK IT IS A GOOD THING.

SO IS IT SURPRISING THAT PEOPLEIN THE OTHER SIDE ñ IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD SAY, YEAH,YOUR WIFE IS BASICALLY A KID SO YOU DISCIPLINE HER PHYSICALLY.

WHEN ADRIAN PETERSON FAMOUSLYHIT HIS KIDS WITH A SWITCH, AND TOOK SKIN OFF THEIR BACKS,PEOPLE DEFENDED HIM.

THEY SAID THAT'S TRADITION, MYPARENTS DID THAT TO ME, LOOK HOW I TURNED OUT.

WELL, YOU TURNED OUT TO BE ANABUSER.

A CHILD ABUSER.

DOESN'T SEEM TO BE THE BESTARGUMENT.

THERE IS WONDERFUL TRADITIONS,THERE IS TERRIBLE TRADITIONS.

THAT SAYING THAT WAS ATTRIBUTEDTO THE RUSSIANS, IF HE HITS YOU HE LOVES YOU, THAT'S A BADTRADITION.

UNFORTUNATELY, IN THIS CASE,THEY ARE MOVING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, AND THERE'S A REASONFOR THAT: THEY WANT TO GET CONSERVATIVE VOTES.

AND THEY THINK THAT VOTERS WHOWANT BILL TO HIT THEIR KIDS OR THEIR WIVES ARE GOING TO BUILD ñ ARE GOING TO SUPPORT VLADIMIRPUTIN AND HIS PARTY MORE.

NOW, PUTIN HAS NOT SIGNED THISYET.

IT HAS TO MAKE IT TO THE LOWERHOUSE AND THE UPPER HOUSE AND THEN CAN EVENTUALLY PROCEED,ALTHOUGH HE HAS SPOKEN ABOUT IT AND SEEMS FAVORABLE OF THISCHANGE.

EARLIER HE HAD SAID MAYBE IT'SNOT A GOOD IDEA TO BEAT YOUR KIDS, BUT THEN WHEN A REPORTERPRESSED HIM ON IT HE WAS LIKE, WELL YEAH, MAYBE, LET'S SEE HOWTHAT TURNS OUT, AND MAYBE IT SHOULD JUST BE A SMALL FINE.

AND THAT REASON FOR PUSHING THISSORT OF THING, WE HAVE THAT HERE IN AMERICA.

POLITICIANS IN AMERICA LOVE TOPRETEND THAT THEY ARE FROM APPALACHIA OR WHEREVER.

DONALD TRUMP ALL OF A SUDDENCAN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH FAST FOOD HE EATS, EVENTHOUGH IN ONE OF HIS BOOKS A DECADE AGO HE TALKS ABOUT HOWYOU NEED TO EAT EXPENSIVE FOOD, AND HE ONLY EATS LEMON TILAPIA,BLAH BLAH BLAH.

DEMOCRATS DO IT TOO, THEY ALL OFA SUDDEN GET ACCENTS WHEN THEY GO DOWN SOUTH.

I WAS PHYSICALLY DISCIPLINEDWHEN I WAS GROWING UP, I GET THE BASIC IDEA.

ONE OF THE CO-AUTHORS OF THEBILL DEFENDED IT, SAYING, "BATTERY DOESN'T EVEN INVOLVEGRAVE BODILY HARM.

WE ARE ONLY TALKING ABOUTBRUISES, SCRATCHES, WHICH IS BAD, TOO, OF COURSE.

" AND WE HAVE A GREAT QUOTE FROMAN ACTIVIST, SHE PUT TOGETHER AN ONLINE PETITION TRYING TO STOPTHIS FROM HAPPENING, THAT GOT OVER 180,000 SIGNATURES.

SHE SAID, "I THINK IT'S PART OFAN OVERALL IDEOLOGY: AGGRESSION AND VIOLENCE ARE ON THE RISE INSOCIETY IN GENERAL THIS WAR IS EVERYWHERE AND WE ARE SURROUNDEDBY ENEMIES," SHE REFERRED TO THE STATE MEDIANARRATIVE THAT BETRAYS RUSSIA AS A BESIEGED FORTRESS.

I FIND THAT INTERESTING BECAUSETHAT IS DIRECTLY ñ THAT IS EXACTLY THE SAME NARRATIVE WEGOT OUT OF THE INAUGURATION.

RIGHT-WINGERS ARE THE SAMEEVERYWHERE.

THEY CONSIDERED VERY SIMILARLAWS IN TURKEY, IS IT SO BAD TO BEAT YOUR WIFE? AND WHAT UNITES THEM IS NOTTHERE RELIGION OR ETHNIC CITY, IT'S AN IDEOLOGY: MEN ARE INCHARGE, THE PAST IS GREAT, DON'T MAKE PROGRESS INTO THE FUTURE,AND WE DON'T WANT EQUALITY.

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