Question: Is polygamy legal in Russia?

Polygamous marriages are not recognized in the Russian Federation. The Family Code of Russia states that a marriage can only be contracted between a man and a woman, neither of whom is married to someone else. Furthermore, Russia does not recognize polygamous marriages that had been contracted in other countries.

Until the Chinese communists took power in 1949, bigamy, concubinage and child marriage were commonplace. In 1950, Beijing enacted a new law that outlawed these practices. The law also enforced monogamy in an effort to make women more equal to men in Chinese society. Polygamy is no longer legal in China.

Since such a marriage is not recognized under Russian law, the wife is entitled to no legal or property rights. And while Islam and the Adat, Chechen custom law, permit polygamy, both ban forced marriage.

At what age people marry in Russia?

The minimum marriageable age in Russia is 18 years old. However, in some regions, it is common practice for teens to marry before the age of 18. Some may even marry as young as 14 years of age.

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