LIVE UPDATES: Five Muscovites were arrested today in a demonstration in defense of jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko.
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Speaking on International Women’s Day in Russia, Ludmila Alexeyeva, a veteran human rights activist, told Interfax that women’s rights are violated but they have more opportunities.
Alexeyeva, now 88, was among the founders of the Moscow Helsinki Group and remains its chair.
“By comparison with the Soviet period, we have more women judges. We have more women in our country in business than in government service and politics, but less than men. They say business here is a hard job, and it is hard for women there.”
“In civic organizations, a woman is a normal phenomenon. In May, it will be 20 years since I have been chair of the MHG, I have been re-elected every two years. And men re-elect me. In the civic sector, no one says, ‘woman, shut up.'”
The group will mark its 40th anniversary this year.
“I would say the main problem concerning violation of women’s rights in Russia is domestic violence. Unfortunately, the state does not get involved in this problem.”
International Women’s Day was long celebrated in the Soviet Union as a day when wives and mothers were given flowers, and few non-communist countries noted it. After the UN Women’s Rights Conference in Beijing in 1995, the day began to be promoted more by the UN and other countries.
–– Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Dozens of Muscovites have been detained by police today on Triumfalnaya Square in Moscow for holding solo protests in defense of imprisoned Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, Grani Ekho Moskvy.
OVDInfo, the police monitoring group, reports that 37 picketers have been detained and has listed the names of 30 demonstrators in two police vans. Five have already been released pending court dates.
By law, protesters are allowed to stage solo pickets but are supposed to be positioned at a distance from each other. Police frequently arrest them anyway when there are a lot of them in particular.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
Ruble is 71.93 to the US dollar; ruble is 79.46 to the euro; Brent crude is $40.44
The following headlines were drawn from 7:40 na Perrone; RBC, Gazeta, Lenta, Grani, Ekho Moskvy
– Ukrainian Camera Crew Detained in Kursk Region While Filming about Savchenko’s Case
– Federation Council Calls European Parliament’s ‘Savchenko List’ an ‘Interference’ in Russian Judicial System