“Freedom of speech is about self-respect.” Why Galina Arapova has been defending the rights of journalists in Russia for a quarter of a century now

Galina Arapova told Glasnaya why pretty much the only organization that professionally asserts the journalists’ rights to the freedom of speech works from Voronezh. She also reflected on whether you can keep your sanity living with the ‘foreign agent’ label.

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“A housewife won the election.” The story of Sofia Pugachyova, the head of a northern countryside district who is putting a human face on the government

In 2010 Sofia Pugachyova moved from St. Petersburg to a remote village near Pskov. A few years later, she ran for an election from the Yabloko party and was elected as the head of the district government. It is the first time the district is headed by an opposition party representative.

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“Dad was touching me as if he was carving a piece of meat.” Maria Kufina has been publicly speaking out about her experience of sexualized violence by her father. But her voice remains unheard

Masha told Glasnaya about how the father she used to adore turned into a monster and why the adults never suspected anything.

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“There will come a day when we will tell our kids that Russia once used to be xenophobic”. A story of Zarnigor Omonillaeva who helps immigrants from Central Asia

These days, women from Central Asia are leaving their countries to work in Russia. There are many problems they have to face including "temporary" husbands, unintended pregnancies, and, as a result, unwanted children.

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“I just have two moms”. A story of a family that might not have a “normal dad” but certainly has love and trust

Alex is 18, she loves hanging out with her friends, horse riding, camping, and her mom. Her mom’s name is Mariko, she is 39, and she is in a polyamorous relationship with her girlfriend. The interview for Glasnaya was the first time for Alex and Mariko to publicly speak about their life and sexuality.

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“Nobody wanted my daughter to die like this.” A story of an activist Anastasia Shevchenko

Having spent 2 years under house arrest, a Rostov-on-Don activist Anastasia Shevchenko got a suspended sentence for association with “undesirable organizations.” She became the first person to have been convicted under the new article of the Penal Code.

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“Taking parental leave wasn’t considered a manly thing to do.” A story of Alexey Pechenin who had to quit his job to “take parental leave”

According to surveys, 27% of Russian men are prepared to take parental leave. However, only 2% of all parents who took parental leave were men.

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