Russia's First Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill Under Consideration by Duma

Katie Davies – Moscow Times – 17 April 2014 (originally published 14 Apr)

Deputy Oleg Nilov and Valentina Tereshkova
Deputy Oleg Nilov wishing a happy birthday to Valentina Tereshkova, the world’s first female cosmonaut. Image:

Russia’s first anti-sexual harassment law has been submitted to the State Duma, despite concerns among critics that its terms will be used to deport foreign workers unfairly.

The changes will protect the honor and dignity of “the more beautiful, but weaker sex,” said Oleg Nilov, the bill’s author and a deputy from minority party A Just Russia, on his blog.

The bill, which would apply only to women being harassed by men, defines harassment as unwelcome contact or attempted contact, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature . . .

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