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Belarus--Detention of protestors at Freedom Day demonstrations in Minsk, March 17, 2017.

RFE/RL Minsk correspondent Alaksandra Dynko reported from a wave of historic protests that took place across Belarus in February and March and ended in a police crackdown that saw the arrest of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators and journalists, including RFE/RL Belarus Service correspondent Halina Abakunchyk. In this episode of Heard It From Her, Alaksandra explains how a policy of penalizing the unemployed as “social parasites” spurred nationwide outrage, discusses the women’s face of unemployment in Belarus, and analyses the connections with recent events in Russia.

‛The Last Drop’: Why Belarusians Took To The Streets
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Russia -- Aleksandra, 26, a victim of domestic violence, poses for pictures in a kitchen at a flat in Moscow. February 3, 2017.

In February, Russia passed a law decriminalizing some forms of domestic violence, a move that rights groups have called a step backwards for Russia and dangerous for women and children. What’s behind this law, and how has the discussion in Russian media reflected and shaped the views of Russian society? In this episode of Heard It From Her, we speak with Irina Lagunina, a senior journalist and editor with RFE/RL’s Russian Service who has been covering Russian politics, economics, international relations, and human rights for more than 20 years.

Unpacking Russia's Domestic Violence Decriminalization
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Heard It From Her is a conversation with a woman in media with a story to tell. Each month we’ll speak with a journalist from RFE/RL or other independent media in our broadcast region to talk about her reporting, the issues she confronts, and the political, societal, and cultural context in which she works. For more on women in media, follow Lady Liberty on Facebook and Twitter.