Indra - Chapter 11
Issues related to post-Soviet migrations and
to their gender dimensions are seriously underexplored in Russia.1 It
is true that there are many signs that research on migration is on the
upswing and that this new work will derive much strength from
established academic traditions. Concerning migration studies, the
major thing needed now is sufficient time for scholars to comprehend
and digest those new migration patterns brought about by the collapse
of the former Soviet Union. In contrast, research on gender relations
remains in its infancy. To extend the metaphor, the study of the
intersection of gender and ethnicity (including migration as an
ethnically based issue) is at best embryonic (Kosmarskaya 1995: 153).
In fact, I am unaware of any academic book or paper especially focused
upon women migrants, save for a small one by Galina Vitkovskaya (1995).
Official migration statistics collected by the Federal Migration
Service (FMS) and other state bodies provide nothing more than the
number of migrating males and females according to age groups.