“There are places where women are already shriveled at age 27”

Russian Official Stirs Scandal With Underage Marriage And ‘Shriveled’ Women Remarks

The man tasked by the Kremlin with protecting Russia’s children has riled his critics by defending marriages between adults and minors, adding that some women look “shriveled” by the time they’re 27 years old.

According to Russian law, the minimum legal age to marry is 18. However, Pavel Astakhov, President Vladimir Putin’s ombudsman for children’s rights, noted in a May 14 radio interview that “in exceptional situations” the law allows for the minimum marrying age to be “established by regional authorities.”

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