Former Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, State Duma deputy Oksana Pushkina and persecuted for "pornography" activist Yulia Tsvetkova were included in the BBC's annual list of the 100 most influential and inspiring women in the world.
Tikhanovskaya became the only representative of Belarus on the list. Her card says that she led the "national democratic movement" in her homeland, and after the elections, fearing for the safety of her children, fled to Lithuania, where she "continues to lead the democratic movement in exile."
Oksana Pushkina, deputy chairman of the State Duma committee on family, women and children, in 2018 was "the only deputy who spoke and publicly supported" the journalists who accused the deputy Leonid Slutsky of sexual harassment, the accompanying text says.
Pushkin, commenting on her entry into the list of the BBC, told the Daily Storm: "Someone sincerely congratulated, and someone, on the contrary, began to call it" a foreign agent "and almost suspected of working for foreign special services."
The second Russian woman on the BBC list is artist and activist Yulia Tsvetkova. She raised issues related to women's rights, LGBT people, anti-militarism and the environment, according to her card. In 2019, Tsvetkova was charged with distributing pornography and three cases of LGBT propaganda. “She is currently facing up to six years in prison for sharing her drawings of a woman’s body on the Internet. Russian human rights organizations have recognized her as a political prisoner,” the text explains.
The list of the 100 most powerful women also includes Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, whose government is dominated by women; actresses Michelle Yeoh and Jane Fonda, Katie Sullivan - the first American woman in outer space and the first woman to visit the deepest point of the ocean, as well as human rights defenders, scientists, athletes, and representatives of creative professions from different countries.
The compilers left one place in the rating empty for the "unsung heroine". "In an extraordinary year, with countless women around the world sacrificing themselves to help others, the top spot on the list remains open to honor their work and remember those who lost their lives changing the world for the better," the BBC explained. …
In 2019, Lyubov Sobol, a lawyer from the Anti-Corruption Foundation, became the only Russian woman on the list of the most influential women in the world. She was included in the "leadership" category for her publication of anti-corruption investigations.