Alina Politika is one of 42 femalecadetsattending the navalacademy in Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, but she knows she is unlikely to ever step onto the captain’s bridge of a battleship. Politka’s diploma and military rank after graduation won’t differ from those of male cadets, but the Russian navy does not accept women as commanding officers — a situation she sees no need to change for now. “In the future we can achieve this,” Politika said. “If we compare to foreign states, there are women serving on ships and we know there are femalecaptains in command [in other countries].” Politika said she was satisfied with her future role on shore — the only option women have in today’s Russian navy. It was a view echoed by other femalecadetsat the academy. Kaliningrad is home to Russia’s Baltic fleet and is surrounded by Poland and Lithuania, both members of NATO, whose relations with Russiahave been strained by the Ukraine crisis and other issues. In the course of their studies Politika and other future femaleofficers endure all the aspects of cadet life, including training in martial arts and diving practice as well as simulation of the captain’s bridge operation. Russia’s N. G. Kuznetsov NavalAcademy opened its doors to women in 2008. Competition among young Russian women… Read full this story
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