Draft law on extremist feminist ideology prepared in State Duma

Oleg Matveychev, deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications, prepared a draft law recognizing feminism as an extremist ideology. “Abzac” wrote about it after a conversation with the deputy on April 4.
According to Matveychev, almost all the leaders of feminist communities in Russia have spoken out against the “special military operation” in Ukraine, and there are various groups and pubs in social networks that spread fakes about the Russian Armed Forces.
The deputy added: “Our feminists are simply agents of the West. They are engaged in the destruction of traditional values, their activities contradict the presidential decree on the support of traditional values. They advocate divorce, childlessness, abortion. They act against the demographic policy of the Russian Federation”.
The bill is currently being evaluated by the Commission for the Investigation of Interference by Foreign States in the Internal Affairs of Russia and will be submitted to the State Duma for consideration in the event of a positive conclusion.
It should be noted that Matveychev, 53, is a philosopher by training. In 2006, he worked as a consultant, advisor in the Department of Domestic Policy in the Presidential Administration, then worked as a professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics and the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation until 2020. In 2018, he was a member of Vladimir Putin’s election headquarters.
In September 2021, he was elected to the State Duma as a United Russia candidate. After the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine, included in the sanctions lists of the European Union, the UK, the US, Switzerland, Australia, Ukraine and New Zealand.
In February 2022, Alexei Navalny’s associates published an investigation, according to which Matveychev celebrated his daughter’s wedding in Barcelona in 2014 and regularly travels to Europe. His daughter lives in Geneva and works for an organization that deals with ethics in higher education; the staff is paid by Matveychev’s Vremya Foundation, whose head is his 74-year-old mother. The foundation conducts “United Russia” election projects and received 285 million rubles from the budget in 2020 and 2021.
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