A major step in the right direction would be to introduce restraining orders, but while 119 countries have such arrangements, including Belarus, activists say, Russia does not and there is significant resistance to introducing restraining orders of any kind there.
Some officials, especially in the Duma, talk about doing something; but their ideas remain bottled up in committees where strong lobbies consisting of Russian Orthodox Church conservatives worried about “family values” and of government officials worrying about any new costs have blocked them from being considered.
The private sector has tried to fill the gap. There are now more than 100 crisis centers across Russia – for an interactive map, see nasiliu.net/karta-pomoshhi/ -- but they are largely restricted to major cities and are overwhelmed with requests for help. Activists say their only hope is that a new generation of Russian women will demand better treatment – within their families and from the government.