Heard It From Her
Wednesday 20 September 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.
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.