Alena Popova remembers the day she came to the aid of a friend who had been beaten so severly by her husband that she miscarried her baby. The friend begged Popova to keep quiet and stayed with her husband. Today, Popova is one of Russia’s leading anti-domestic violence activists, reports Sirin Kale.
“I was in shock that she stayed with him and vowed to myself that day I would do anything to fight these cases in my society and stop violence inside our families in Russia,” Popova tells Broadly.
Kale spoke to Popova the day Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a controversial amendment into law that decriminalizes domestic violence—an amendment that cleared both houses of Parliament with ease—providing it’s a first time offense that doesn’t result in hospital treatment, says Kale.