Ella Pamfilova began her career as minister of social protection in 1990-s.Kommersant
Most Russians (77 percent) approve of women's engagement in politics, the Levada Center told Interfax, referring to its poll.
The support was voiced by 66 percent of men and 86 percent of women.
A fifth (20 percent) of 800 respondents older than 18 polled in 137 populated localities in 48 regions on February 19-24 said they did not approve of this.
Two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents would like women to hold top-ranking positions in Russia together with men (50 percent of men and 78 percent of women). Twenty-eight percent raised objections.
A third (32 percent) of respondents want Russia to have a female president in the next 10-15 years (21 percent of men, and 44 percent of women). About a half (49 percent) do not want this to happen.
The correlation was 46 percent to 42 percent in 2014, the sociologists said.
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