Russia has no plans to legalize polygamy - State Duma

Yelena Mizulina, the head of the State Duma committee on family, women and children, has said polygamy will not be legalized in Russia.

Yelena Mizulina, the head of the State Duma committee on family, women and children, has said polygamy will not be legalized in Russia.

"There are no plans to legalize polygamy, such proposals have not been received," Mizulina said in the State Duma on May 22.

The public debate on polygamy began in Russia in May following a high-profile Chechen wedding between Nadzhud Guchigov, the head of the district interior affairs department of the Nozhai-Yurt district, and Luiza Goilabiyeva, 17. The wedding drew broad public response in Russia. Human rights activists expressed their concerns about the fact that the bride was underage, the substantial age difference between her and the groom and information that Guchigov may already be married.

Magomed Daudov, the head of the Chechen administration, said he believes that polygamy could be legalized in Russia, saying it is widespread in the Caucasus. However, he reiterates that he has never made such proposals anywhere. "I am not a parliamentarian and I do not take part in the adoption of federal laws. We have the State Duma for that, which will study the issue and express its attitude to the issue, if need be," Daudov told Interfax.

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