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Weeping Men: Why Misandry Flourishes in Russian Society

Weeping Men: Why Misandry Flourishes in Russian Society
Although Russia has traditionally been a patriarchal society, misandry—the sharp criticism of men, or ‘reverse sexism’—is on the rise. Women accuse men of every possible sin, from acting aggressively to being too passive at work and home, and from narcissism to general indifference. In a pilot study, HSE University researchers studied misandry in the women of two different generations.

The Politics of a Kiss: Who Kissed Each Other and Why in Byzantium

MOSAIC OF THE CHURCH OF SAN MARCO IN VENICE
Known for its particularly tactile culture, the Eastern Roman Empire maintained rather complex customs when it came to kissing—on the lips, the shoulders, the chest, and the feet. Emperors and nobles, military leaders, and even monks engaged in the practice unsparingly. Based on the research of Sergey Ivanov, professor of history and philology at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies of HSE University, IQ has prepared a short guide to Byzantine kisses.

The Power of Knowledge

The Power of Knowledge
Companies who have publishing academics integrated within their workforce learn and absorb external information more effectively. Such ability is called absorption capacity. Its dependence on the presence of academics in a company has been shown by the scientists from HSE University using the example of Russian exporters. IQ talked to one of the research authors, Anna Fedunina, about how publishing activity contributes to companies’ export success, and why business needs the absorption skills.

Objectivity and Beyond

Objectivity and Beyond
What role has objectivity played in the history of science and what role does it play today? How are innovations in science possible? What is the interrelation between research practices, epistemic virtues, and the scientific self? Alex Pleshkov and Jan Surman discuss these and many other questions with Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, the authors of Objectivity, one of the most important books of the 21st century in the field of the history of knowledge.

Financial Front: The USSR State Budget during World War II

Financial Front: The USSR State Budget during World War II
After June 1941, the Soviet budget was no longer the same. Marking the end of peaceful life, budget revenues dwindled, and the Treasury was drained of billions of rubles. But because the war required money, the government had to find it from somewhere. Oleg Khlevnyuk, Professor at the HSE University’s School of History, examines the Soviet Union’s wartime and post-war financial policies in his paper.

Russian Men Left Without ‘Fatherhood Wage Premium’

Russian Men Left Without ‘Fatherhood Wage Premium’
Not much is known about fathers on the Russian labour market. It has often been claimed that they earn more than their childless peers. However, new research states that there is no such ‘premium’ for being a father in Russia. Nevertheless, men with kids still have higher salaries. 

Russian Scientists Predicted Increased Unrest in the United States back in 2010

Russian Scientists Predicted Increased Unrest in the United States back in 2010
Beginning in May 2020, after the police killing of George Floyd, ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations and riots engulfed the United States, the United Kingdom, and several European countries. Though Mr. Floyd’s killing served as the immediate catalyst for the unrest, many scholars suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis played a deeper, more pivotal role in creating conditions that led to the protests.

Russia’s Regions and Their Preferences for Strong Alcohol

Russia’s Regions and Their Preferences for Strong Alcohol
Since 2010, Russia has been consistently pursuing an anti-alcohol policy. Its goal is to reduce the burden of disease and deaths due to alcohol consumption. The official figures show that, over the last decade the population has started drinking less, leaning towards wine and beer instead of vodka.

Millennials Are Major Drivers of Sharing Economy

Millennials Are Major Drivers of Sharing Economy
The sharing economy involves shared use of assets and services. This means that users do not need to purchase or own them outright. Assets can be exchanged, borrowed or leased. But not everyone is ready for this model. What factors determine whether or not someone is willing to participate in the sharing economy?

Coronavirus Was Brought into Russia at Least 67 Times

Coronavirus Was Brought into Russia at Least 67 Times
Many people in Russia believe that they had COVID-19 as early as December 2019 or January 2020. Is it possible to find out when the epidemic really started in Russia and where it came from? Bioinformatics provides an answer.