Pressure group "Pro
Feminism" calls for signatures for a
petition opposing the discriminatory statements of the Russian Orthodox
Recently we have witnessed
a number of statements made by high-ranking representatives of the Russian
Orthodox Church (ROC), which affect women's dignity, rights and freedoms
and justify discrimination and violence against them.
Take, for example, the head
of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for Relations with the Armed Forces,
Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov, who made sexist, discriminatory and chauvinistic
statements, which were in contradiction with The Constitution of the
Russian Federation and The Convention for the Elimination of All Forms
of Discrimination against Women (ratified by the Russian Federation).
While for the
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