Stacey Dooley stands with a victim

Stacey Dooley travels to Russia to investigate the legal decisions and meets the victims.

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Russia's War on Women starts Wednesday at 21:00 on BBC Brit (DStv 120) and streaming live on DStv Now. 

Behind closed doors, Russian society has a dark secret. It’s estimated thousands of Russian women are murdered every year by their husbands or partners. Domestic violence is so deep-rooted in Russia there’s even a well-known saying – “If he beats you, it means he loves you”. Despite the scale of the problem, in February 2017 the Russian government decriminalised certain forms of domestic violence.

In Stacey Dooley Investigates: Russia’s War on Women, Stacey travels to Russia to explore the reasons behind this decision and the impact the law-change is having on women. She meets the victims forced into hiding to escape their abusive partners and comes face to face with a prolific violent offender. She visits the hard-line Orthodox Christians championing Russia’s return to traditional values and spends time with the young feminists fighting for equality despite threats and intimidation. 

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