Half of Russian Men Believe Women ‘Better Off’ Not Working

About half of Russian men believe that women are better off not working while only 22% of women feel the same, according to an Otkritie Bank poll published by the state-run TASS news agency ahead of International Women’s Day.

According to the poll, more than half of men surveyed (55%) believe that a woman’s primary role is to be a mother and a housewife.

Men from the North Caucasus and the Volga Federal District, which have large Muslim populations, were most likely to support this view at about 64%. Men from St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region (38%) as well as other parts of Russia’s northwest (43%) were least likely to agree.

Only 37% of women shared this viewpoint, the poll said.

The majority of women respondents (51%) believe that they have the right to choose their role in society for themselves, with women from St. Petersburg and northwestern Russia most likely to agree with this.

Half of men and women said that men should only financially support their female partners if they make a mutual agreement, while 39% of men and 35% of women said that this is a man’s responsibility no matter what. Only 10% and 4%, respectively, supported full financial equality between couples. Even fewer believed that a woman’s financial dependence on her partner can destroy a relationship.

Otkritie Bank conducted its survey from Feb. 26 to March 2 among 1,000 Russians in cities with populations over 100,000.

Meanwhile, another poll conducted by Synergy University said that 51.2% of Russians don’t want to see women as their bosses, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency said. A majority of respondents said that women in leadership positions were more emotional and less organized than men.

Thousands of Russian Surveillance Cameras Vulnerable to Cyberattack

Over 6,300 surveillance cameras in Russia are not secure, making them vulnerable to cybercriminals, experts told the Kommersant business daily Friday.

Dark web users can easily access footage and private data from the CCTV cameras installed at places like industrial plants, businesses and smart home systems as they have public IP addresses, Kommersant cited experts from the Avast cybersecurity software company as saying.

“Most of these cameras’ systems can be accessed without a username and password, or the password is the default setting,” Avast told Kommersant.

Businesses and government agencies can also access footage from the cameras and use it to track individuals by geolocation, Eduard Kostyrev, executive director of Faceter Russia, told Kommersant.

Russia has the world’s fifth-highest number of CCTV cameras with open IP addresses, according to a ranking by the internet of things search engine Shodan.io.

Overall, the country has one of the most widespread surveillance networks, ranking third in the world for its number of CCTV cameras, analysts at the Telecom Daily estimated late last year. There are almost 100 cameras per 1,000 people, with over 170,000 cameras installed in Moscow alone.

Moscow’s video surveillance budget has been increasing every year, with the 2021 budget exceeding 70 billion rubles ($961,000). The city is also prioritizing controversial facial recognition technology, with plans to install contactless fare payment using the technology at all metro stations by the end of the year.

According to The Village news website, several people who took part in recent mass protests in support of jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny were detained at metro stations after being recognized by Moscow’s facial recognition cameras.

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