A former employee of Sberbank’s London office who won millions in damages in a sexual harassment lawsuit earlier this week would not have fared so well had she sought justice in Russia, rights activists and labor lawyers told The Moscow Times on Thursday.
Svetlana Lokhova — whom male colleagues at the Sberbank's equity sales desk in London had nicknamed "Crazy Miss Cokehead" and "Miss Bonkers" — was awarded £3.2 million ($4.7 million) by the Central London Employment Tribunal, British media reported earlier this week.
Russian feminist groups applauded the tribunal's decision, deploring the absence of high-profile sexual harassment cases in Russia.Read more
By Natalia Bitten
Over the past few years, a great deal has been written about the political problems in Russia. The European and US media have largely focused on stories about corruption, electoral fraud, the restriction of freedoms of speech, and protests in the streets of Moscow. Several stories have received huge amounts of attention in the mainstream press, such as the Pussy Riot trial and the discriminatory law against ‘gay propaganda’ and NGOs. What remains invisible, however, is the level of misogynist hysteria that has been generated recently by social conservatives and religious bigots in the Russian Federation.