ANALYSIS. Russia is now waging war against everything Western. Also women’s rights

“Blessed be the woman whose engagement goes well, whose dowry is not too high, and who has children quickly.” That is not a message from the Afghan Taliban, but from the Russian authorities in occupied Ukraine. Moscow increasingly sees women’s rights as a Western anomaly. And so a strange mix of piety and machismo ensures that even the head of state mocks rape and domestic violence is no longer punished as long as no bones are broken.