“I believe that these situations cannot happen in Russia, and for that we have to thank Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and his policy. It’s very rare that you hear about such cases in our country and I’m very happy about that.” Alexandrova said, the independent Dozhd television news channel reported.
Popova noted that she has never been the target of untoward advances from men.
“I think everything depends on the woman. I don’t know how Angelina Jolie acted in that instance — he is her employer after all,” Popova said, referring to the star who came forward alongside a dozen other Hollywood actresses.
Despite Popova and Alexandrova’s assertions, the subject of violence against women is attracting more attention in Russia.
A popular talk show devoted at least half a dozen broadcasts earlier this year to a teenage rape victim whose case divided the Russian public into those who blamed and those who defended her.
In January, Russian lawmakers voted nearly unanimously to decriminalize domestic violence and downgrade it to an administrative offense.