Sign the petition. When Stalin came to power, homosexuality became a topic unfit for public depiction, defense or discussion. Moskalkova said that she met with Lapunov in person for two hours, and that the account he provided "contains sufficient grounds" for such an investigation, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported. He noted that homosexuality was prevalent among all social classes. These manuals were published from the early s to the early s in the hope of restricting the sexual activity of Soviet people and to raise their awareness of venereal diseases.
A notable example was the Russian film director Sergei Eisensteinwho despite his homosexuality managed to survive by leading a double life, having affairs with men while married to a woman, producing films that were politically pleasing to Stalin.
US Edition. Join the discussion. During the Soviet regime, Western observers believed that between and 1, men were imprisoned each year under Article
More recently, a third possible reason for the anti-gay law has emerged from declassified Soviet documents and transcripts.