For several days, the Internet has been vigorously discussing the story of the feminist and co-founder of Femdachi Darya Serenko, who told about her unpleasant experience of working with another feminist, a former State Duma candidate from the Yabloko party, Alena Popova. Alena stands for women's rights and is a co-founder of the TyNeOdna and Civil Emergency Volunteer Corps projects.
Daria and her friend Sonia Sno worked at Alena Popova's headquarters in the summer of 2021. Now they decided to tell that they faced poor working conditions, and then also with threats from Popova. The article notes that female employees were constantly faced with overwork, Popova often shouted at her subordinates, and as a result refused to pay the girls their salaries. An employment contract was not drawn up with them, but an agreement was reached on a salary of 100 thousand rubles a month.
Gradually, two more stakes were placed on us in addition to ours, we worked from morning to night, partially managed the work of the headquarters. <...> When we left, we asked for a monthly salary, although we did not finish working for exactly one week to a month. <...> We have compiled a justification of our fee and a report on the work done at the three rates,
– written in an article that the girls published on the Google Docs service.
Further, according to them, problems began. Alena avoided talking about payment in every possible way, and then demanded to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Daria refused to sign the document because its provisions seemed to her “enslaving”. Popova, they said, also tried to prevent them from telling them that they had quit the headquarters.
Alena enlisted the support of her friends-lawyers and everyone around, and also announced to me her assumption that it was me who initiated the raid of the “Male State” (a Russian men's movement declaring the ideas of patriarchy and nationalism. – Ed.) And “Center E” (Center for Countering Extremism. – Ed.). Imagine the degree of cynicism of what is happening: write this to a girl who was hounded and persecuted by the “Male State” four times,
– continues Serenko in his story.
In this situation, we are defending our labor rights, I perceive Alena as a rich woman, a boss, with a bunch of resources and connections. Sonya and I have no such money, connections and opportunities. But we have the right to say it all,
– concluded the girls.
Popova herself has not yet commented on the situation.