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In sum, perhaps particularly during political and economic transition periods, the practical and the strategic are con¯ated. The distinction, however, is useful as a descriptive shorthand in the Russian case. Strategic groups include those organizations occupied with promoting (largely) liberal feminism and women's empowerment (for example, the advocacy organizations, women's research centers, and consciousness-raising groups), although the latter are not necessarily interested in political participation or lobbying.
Smith, Remembering Stalin's Victims (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996), p. 117. Ol'ga Samarina, interview, March 24, 1995. Also, see ``Doklad o vypolnenii v Rossiiskoi Federatsii Konventsii o likvidatsii vsekh form diskriminatsii v otnoshenii zhenshchin: chetvertyi periodicheskii doklad (predstavlen v sootvetstvii so stat'ei 18 Konventsii)'' (Moscow: Ministry of Social Protection, 1994), p. 24. ''16 Nevertheless, women's organizations took advantage of the new laws, and registered in increasing numbers.
On the third dimension, historical af®liation with the Soviet partystate, considerably more subjectivity enters the picture. The Union of Russia's Women (URW), having stemmed from the Soviet Women's Russian women's movement groups and activists 33 Committee, was thereby formerly linked to the Soviet party-state, as were the many zhensovety across the country. Currently, however, they are no longer ``of®cial'' state bodies. Although the categories are no longer objectively descriptive, terms like ``independent women's movement'' have been appropriated by the groups in the IWF and Women's League, and modi®ers like ``of®cial'' and ``nomenklatura'' (elite±bureaucratic) are still applied to the state-derived groups like the URW and the zhensovety.