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Russian Duma Claims Sexual Harassment Caused By Female Clothing


After five female journalists accused deputy Leonid Slutsky (really his name) of sexual harassment and its ethics commission cleared him. 

Dumas’s United Russia party member Fatikh Sibagatullin (Putin’s ruling party) said,

In his remarks to Realnoevremya.ru on Thursday, Sibagatullin had blamed female journalists that complained of sexual harassment for wearing clothes that “show different parts of the body” in the Duma. 

“The man will not harass a woman as long as she doesn’t want it,” he said.

This is 2018. 

It is not a woman’s fault when a man sexually harasses her. It is Russia’s position when an ethics committee makes it a de facto state-sanctioned legal action when it cleared Sibagatullin.  

I’m not sure which century Russia is stuck in but Russia is at least 50 years behind the rest of the world in its respect for women.

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Russia’s Ruling Party ‘Outraged’ After Lawmaker Compares Journalists to Servants

March 23 2018 – 17:03

Russia’s ruling party has expressed outrage after one of its members compared journalists to servants in an ongoing sexual harassment scandal involving the country’s parliament.

Dozens of Russian media organizations mounted a boycott of the State Duma when its ethics commission cleared deputy Leonid Slutsky of wrongdoing this week after at least five female journalists accused him of sexual harassment.

The Dumas’s United Russia party member Fatikh Sibagatullin caused outrage for comparing journalists to “servants” on Thursday.  

“The State Duma is the people’s highest authority. These female journalists should tuck their tails between their legs a bit,” Sibagatullin was cited as cited as saying by a Tatarstan-based news outlet.

The party distanced itself from Sibagatullin’s comments, with its senior official saying they “have nothing to do with the position of the United Russia party or of our lawmakers.”

“The position of our colleague deputy is extremely outrageous and improper,” Interfax cited Yevgeny Revenko, the party’s general council deputy secretary, as saying.

The party official defended journalists for “often selflessly serving the interests of society.”

In his remarks to Realnoevremya.ru on Thursday, Sibagatullin had blamed female journalists that complained of sexual harassment for wearing clothes that “show different parts of the body” in the Duma.

“The man will not harass a woman as long as she doesn’t want it,” he said.

Source: https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russias-ruling-party-outraged-after-lawmaker-compares-journalists-servants-60929

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