Prior to 1918, a vibrant feminist movement flourished in Russia. With
the onset of Communism, however, this movement waned. During the Soviet
era, social groups and movements that did not conform with official
Communist ideology were not allowed to exist. Although Communism itself
began as a feminist ideology, the Soviet regime perpetrated the subordination
of women. Since 1990, feminism and women's rights organizations
have reemerged with a vengeance. Today there are over 650 nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs) working on women's human rights
issues, primarily violence against women.
"Women's Rights in Russia: Training Non- Lawyers to Represent Victims of Domestic Violence,"
Yale Human Rights and Development Journal: Vol. 4
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol4/iss1/6