Dianne Post


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.