For Moscow’s only roller derby team, feminism is a contact sport

Moscow (CNN)By day, Aurelie is a public school teacher in Moscow, but after work, she escapes to the outskirts of the Russian capital to a bare Soviet-era gymnasium, where she is known as “La Debouche,” the rebel. “My family always says it’s too dangerous,” says Masha, who grew up in Moscow and joined the team four months ago. “Everyone always told me that I am too strong, and that I should behave more like a girl. This is where I can finally do what I am capable of. It’s a feminist sport.” Feminism can be a dirty word in Russia, where forms of domestic violence have been decriminalized, and a so-called “gay propaganda” law, signed in 2013 by President Vladimir …