NEWSWATCH: “Russian lawmaker accused of sex harassment apologizes” – AP

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“An influential Russian parliament member accused of sexual harassment by several female journalists has issued an apology and asked for forgiveness. … allegations against [foreign affairs committee head] Leonid Slutsky by three journalists include groping and making demeaning comments. … demonstrators including … Sobchak held pickets outside the parliament demanding [his] resignation ….” Click here for: “Russian lawmaker accused of […]

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Why do most Russian women hate feminism?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – – Diana Bruk, special to RBTH – March 7, 2014) Russian women don’t see the point of feminism – and maybe they have a point. Diana Bruk is a Russian-American journalist based in New York. It would probably surprise no foreigner who has ever visited Russia that a 2004 Kinsey study described Russian society […]

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As Crimea Tensions Escalates, Ukrainian Women, Too, Ready To Take Up Arms

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(RFE/RL– – Halyna Tereshchuk and Claire Bigg – March 8, 2014) LVIV, Ukraine — As millions of women across the world looked forward to celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, Tetiana Turchina was in no mood for flowers, chocolate, and festivities. The young Ukrainian woman watched with dismay as Russian troops took control of Crimea, the picturesque and […]

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Most Russians believe women should stay at home

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(Moscow News – – David Burghardt – March 7, 2014) A woman’s place is in the kitchen, according to a recent poll by the All-Russian Center for Public Opinion Research (VTsIOM) published on Friday. According to the latest survey, 72 percent of Russians believe a woman should choose the home and family over her career. “When there’s a choice […]

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Russia names its most influential women

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – – Inna Soboleva, Combined report, RBTH – March 8, 2013) Before International Women’s Day, Russia’s leading media revealed a list of the country’s 100 most influential women. The speaker of the Federation Council (upper house of Russia’s parliament), Valentina Matviyenko, topped the list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Russia for the second […]

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