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Russian teacher ‘fired' from school over 18+ sex blog gets backing from top MP ahead of inquiry into claims of unfair dismissal

Added 10-15-21 04:37:03am EST - “The Russian parliament will open an investigation into the case of a St. Petersburg teacher who ran a public blog dealing with issues like sexual health and relationships, after she was let go from her job by education bosses.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Russian teacher ‘fired’ from school over 18+ sex blog gets backing from top MP ahead of inquiry into claims of unfair dismissal”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

On Friday, the speaker of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, ordered a probe into the case of biology teacher Olga Shchegoleva, who was forced to resign last week. Volodin instructed the chair of the parliamentary Education Committee to “look into the situation and then report back to us.”

Shchegoleva began the Instagram blog ‘Body Language’ in February last year, and has since made a series of posts dealing with issues like menstruation, sexually-transmitted diseases, and pornography. On her website, the former teacher says she was inspired to start the project after encountering parents embarrassed to talk to their children about sexual wellbeing. “The idea is to teach parents a way to build a trust-based dialogue and convey the right information,” she wrote, and has claimed that adults understanding sex “helps prevent violence.”

In an interview with St. Petersburg’s Fontanka newspaper published last week, she denied allegations that she had been promoting ‘inappropriate’ material to minors, saying that the account was listed as 18+ only. “I have done everything that is required of me by law to protect children from potentially traumatic information,” the educator insisted, “using every tool Instagram offers me.”

Shchegoleva says she was forced out of her role at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, a musical school for specially gifted children, after it ruled “it is not appropriate for a teacher to be engaged in this kind of activity.” According to her, school administrators told her to delete her blog or face dismissal, and she was told to hand in her notice when she refused. The conservatory confirms Shchegoleva has left the post, but insists the decision was made “of her own free will.”

The leader of the far-right LDPR party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, spoke out in support of the teacher during the meeting chaired by Volodin on Thursday. He insisted that the blog was “not shameful” and instead “raises questions that teachers should be raising.” He went on to argue that the response from the education bosses was “some kind of obscurantism – like something from the Middle Ages,” and insisted that she be reinstated.

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