Her mother, who worked as a police sergeant, told her, Fedotova says, that “dedovshchina in the army is nothing in comparison with babovshchina” in the police. In both cases, powerful men control the lives of their subordinates, but in the police, this control involves demands for sex as well as other kinds of harassment.
There are almost no women, no longer how they have served in the police, above the rank of sergeant, the Moscow journalist continues, and those above them assume they have the right to make the most outrageous of demands simply because of their position and because those below them have no way out.
Most of the time this is all covered up, but increasingly women are speaking out. Whether they will have more success than their male counterparts in the military is very much open to doubt. Campaigns against dedovshchina have been a regular feature of Russian life for decades; but it continues.
One can only hope that babovshchina become the object of even more attention and effort and is wiped out more thoroughly that non-standard behavior in the Russian armed services has been.