Research and Reports

last updated September 2014


Russia: Trafficking in Persons Report 2014, U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Russia: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
Section 6 of the report contains information on the status of women in Russia, including subsections
on rape, domestic violence, and sexual harassment, as well as on forced marriage and sexual exploitation of children.

Country Report 2013: Reality Check on European Services for Women and Children Survivors of Violence, Marion Lesur, Barbara Stelmaszek and Iris Golden, Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) (Vienna 2014).
The country report on Russia begins on page 172.

Russia: Domestic violence; recourse and protection available to victims of domestic violence; support services and availability of shelters (2010-2013), Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (November 2013).

Human Trafficking 2013 – Baltic Sea Region Round-up, The Council of the Baltic Sea States (October 2013). The country profile on Russia begins on page 92

Combatting Human Trafficking: The Russian Federation, Vladimir Mukomel, The Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration & the European Union (April 2013).

Universal Periodic Review Submission to the UN Human Rights Council regarding Violence Against Women in the Russian Federation, The Advocates for Human Rights (April 2013).

Human Trafficking in the Baltic Sea Region: State and Civil Society Cooperation on Victims’ Assistance and Protection, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2010).
The country profile on Russia begins on page 150.

CORI Country Report: Russian Federation, Country of Origin Research and Information (CORI) (October 2010).
A section on Women and Girls begins on page 86.

Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Russian Federation, UN (July 2010).
This report provides comments and recommendations on Russia’s sixth and seventh reports on the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), highlighting positive areas and room for improvement regarding the status of women in Russia.

Violence Against Women in the Russian Federation, An Alternative Report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, ANNA National Centre for the Prevention of Violence (July 2010).

Information and Consultative Centers in the cities of Astrakhan, Moscow and Petrozavodsk on the Project “Prevention of Human Trafficking in the RF”: Results of the Work for the Period of May 2007 – May 2008, International Organization for Migration (2008).

Victims of Trafficking: Who Are They? A Statistical Profile for the Period of March 2006 – December 2008, International Organization for Migration (2008).

Gender Violence and Cost of Social-Psychological Rehabilitation and Legal Assistance: Russian Federation, Natalia Khodyreva, Ph.D, The First World Conference of Women’s Shelters (September 2008).
Dr. Natalia Khodyreva, Director of the Crisis Centre for Women in St. Petersburg, Russia, provides an overview of the Crisis Centre’s history in providing services and shelter for victims of domestic violence and trafficking. 

Domestic Violence: A Silent Crisis in Russia, Gregory Feifer, National Public Radio (July 2008) (4 minutes 37 seconds).
This audio news report and transcript provides a general overview of the problem of domestic violence in Russia, including the lack of laws and shelters. The report also discusses obstacles domestic violence victims in Russia face if they attempt to seek assistance or legal recourse.

Assessment Report of the IOM Moscow Prevention of Human Trafficking Project, International Organization for Migration (August 2007).
Based on project data and interviews with project personnel, this report offers statistical data about the backgrounds and experiences of individuals assisted by the project.  It also provides background about project partners and the genesis of the project.

Violence Against Women: Does the Government Care in Russia?, Open Society Institute (2007).

Human Trafficking in the Russian Federation: Inventory and Analysis of Current Situation and Responses, E.V. Tiurukanova and the Institute for Urban Economics for the UN/IOM Working Group on Trafficking in Human Beings (2006).

CEDAW Assessment Tool Report for the Russian Federation, American Bar Association - Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, February 2006.
This assessment contains detailed discussion of the problem of violence against women in Russia through analysis of Russia’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Integration of the Human Rights of Women and a Gender Perspective: Violence Against Women, Addendum: Mission to the Russian Federation, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences (January 2006).
This addendum to the Special Rapporteur’s report to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights discusses the nature and extent of violence against women in Russia and the state response. 

Russian Federation: Nowhere to Turn to: Violence Against Women in the Family, Amnesty International (December 2005). 

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