Where did the myth that "domestic violence is legal in Russia" come from?
Feminists, who think that unless there is automatic arrest and heavy penalties under all circumstances, that it means it's "legal"?
Russia-bashers, elated at having a new whipping boy in the "New Cold War"?
Xenophobes from other countries, talking about "those damned foreigners"?
Hysterics going ballistic over half-remembered, half-read news articles?
In whose interests is it that such a lie be believed?
DECRIMINALIZING first offenses and making offenders subject to fines, and ARRESTING and CRIMINALLY PROSECUTING repeat offenders, ain't exactly making it "legal."