A major threat to women’s rights in Russia is the strong role of the Russian Orthodox Church in society. The main opponents of feminism are in the RPC (Russian Orthodox Church): Patriarch Kirill (Vladimir Gundyaev) and Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov. Archpriest Smirnov has commented on his website about the need for a ban on women voting rights, as well as approval of rape (including that of minors). He has said that women naturally die in childbirth. Also, a major threat to women’s rights in Russia is the imposition of “traditional family” values. There is the threat of a complete ban on abortion in Russia. To date, the abortion ban has not been realized, but pro-life movements are gaining strength and influence. Not long ago, the plans of banning abortion was not approved thanks to two women politicians: Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, who called the proposal absurd, and Health Minister Skvortsova. Recently, the Investigative Committee has asked medical staff to report on the virginity of schoolgirls, which we absolutely oppose as a violation of the rights of girls and a violation through stigmatization.

Almost no one is representing the interests of women in Russia. In the Duma, only 9% of parliamentarians are women, there are only three women governors and about the same number of women mayors.
On Feb.1st 2017, the president of Russia has signed a regulation amending the laws on domestic violence. The new regulation decriminalizes domestic violence, which is no longer prosecuted under the Penal Code but under Administrative Code instead. According to the new regulation, the perpetrator of domestic violence may be fined with a max. fee of 30k roubles, jailed for 10 to 15 days or sentenced to perform 60 to 120 hours of public works. Only after an act of domestic violence is repeated more than once within a calendar year, does the Penal Code enter the game. Supporters of these legal changes claim that family affairs should be resolved by and within a family and that the state should stay out of them. They also claim that spanking one’s child is no punishable offence. Opponents, however, raise an alarm and warn that these changes will result in the increase of domestic violence (observation confirmed by the mayor of Ekaterinburg, Yevgeny Roizman) because up till now, the Penal Code has acted as a deterrent to potential domestic violence perpetrators. In Russia there exists no organized system to prevent domestic violence.

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Una importante amenaza para los derechos de las mujeres en Rusia es el fuerte papel de la Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa en la sociedad. Los principales oponentes del feminismo están en RPC (iglesia ortodoxa): el patriarca Kirill (Vladimir Gundyaev) y el arcipreste Dimitry Smirnov. El arcipreste Smirnov ha comentado en su página web sobre la necesidad de una prohibición del derecho de voto de las mujeres, así como la aprobación de la violación (incluida la de los menores de edad). Él ha dicho que las mujeres mueren naturalmente en el parto. Además, una de las mayores amenazas a los derechos de las mujeres en Rusia es la imposición de valores de “familia tradicional”.

Existe la amenaza de una prohibición total del aborto en Rusia. Hasta la fecha, la prohibición del aborto no se ha realizado, pero los movimientos pro-vida están ganando fuerza e influencia. No hace mucho tiempo, los planes de prohibición del aborto, que es un seguro de salud obligatorio, no fue aprobado gracias a dos políticas: la presidenta del Consejo de la Federación Valentina Matvienko, que calificó a la propuesta de absurda, y la ministra de Salud Skvortsova. Recientemente, el Comité de Investigación ha pedido al personal médico que informara sobre la virginidad de las estudiantes, a lo que nos oponemos absolutamente como una violación de los derechos de las niñas y una violación a través de la estigmatización.

Casi nadie está representando los intereses de las mujeres en Rusia. En la Duma, sólo el 9% de los parlamentarios son mujeres, hay sólo tres mujeres gobernadoras y aproximadamente el mismo número de alcaldes.

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