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This is from an article written by Isabelle Khurshudyan in Sunday’s (March 4, 2018) Washington Post.

“Women outnumber men in Russia. According to 2015 data from the United Nations, Russia has among the fewest men per 100 women (86.8) of any country in the world. The divide begins around age 30, as suicide, alcohol and alcohol-related accidents begin to take a toll.”

‘ “If you even have a husband, you’re happy,” journalist Anna Zhavnerovich said. “He’s drinking and beating you, but at least you have one. If you’re born a boy, then it’s like you’re already a czar. If you’re born a girl, you didn’t get lucky. Just by birthright, men are on top of the world and the head of the family. So, women think if they complain, then maybe he will leave, and it’ll be worse. Even in today’s world, where women are taught to strive for something more, it’s better to be wed. Maybe you won’t marry well, but you’re considered lucky because you’re the one who married out of your 10 girlfriends.” ‘

Zhavnerovich’s story isn’t so different from those of the women at Kitezh. She filed a report with the police a week after she said her boyfriend beat her unconscious in 2015. She was offended by the authorities’ line of questioning. They asked her why she didn’t have any children and whether she was married, she said. Zhavnerovich said she felt the police were suggesting that the attack was her fault. She didn’t hear anything for several weeks, and the case was eventually dropped. The boyfriend was never questioned.

Read the rest of the article here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/why-russias-metoo-moment-hasnt-happened/2018/02/25/0b8bbf92-0514-11e8-aa61-f3391373867e_story.html?utm_term=.8b3e7eb967d4

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