By Masha Gessen, Joseph Huff-Hannon
Homosexual Propaganda brings jointly unique tales, interviews and testimonial, offered in either English and Russian, to seize the lives and loves of LGBT Russians residing either in Russia and in exile this day. Timed for e-book in February 2014, at the eve of the iciness Olympics in Sochi, the ebook is a provocative riposte to Russia’s lately handed and ill-defined ban on “homosexual propaganda.”
As a part of a method to consolidate political regulate in Russia following tremendous pro-democracy protests that shook the govt., President Putin’s ruling occasion made up our minds it wanted an enemy to unite the rustic. Hoping to govern backward yet widely-held prejudices, it opted to demonize gays and lesbians. therefore, in June 2013, Putin signed a invoice banning any and all “propaganda” of so-called non-traditional relationships. rather predictably, within the months that undefined, assaults, firings, and hate crimes have spiked throughout Russia, and the state-sanctioned crusade exhibits no signal of abating. The Russian Duma is now debating a legislation to take youngsters clear of homosexual and lesbian parents.
As the world’s media turns its consciousness to the host kingdom of the wintry weather Olympics, the tales accrued in homosexual Propaganda supply a well timed and intimate window into the hardships confronted by way of Russians at the receiving finish of state-sanctioned homophobia. listed below are stories of of fellows and girls in long term devoted relationships in addition to these nonetheless searching for love; of these attempting to bring up youngsters or taking good care of mom and dad; of these dealing with the demanding situations of continuous to dwell in Russia or becoming a member of an exodus that's speedily changing into a flood.
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During this era Russia’s centuries-long disunity came to an end, as Ivan annexed most of the other Russian principalities, quadrupling Moscow’s territory in the process. So did the centuries of painful and humiliating subservience to the Mongols when, in 1480, Ivan officially declared Russia independent of the Golden Horde. Despite serious setbacks, Ivan skillfully managed Moscow’s relations with the powerful non-Russian states of the region, including Tatar polities other than the Golden Horde and Lithuania and Sweden, powerful European monarchies to the west.
The only bright spot in this pitch-black night of defeat and destruction was Novgorod. Spared from attack by the Mongols from the east, it was able to make a stand against Swedish and German invaders from the west. The victory over the Swedes took place on the Neva River at the Gulf of Finland. In honor of this victory, Novgorod’s Prince Aleksandr, who had led his city’s forces, became known as Aleksandr Nevsky (“of the Neva,” 1220–63). Two years later Nevsky defeated the invading Teutonic Knights on the ice of Lake Peipus, a large, kidney-shaped body of water about 120 miles west of Novgorod that today stands astride much of the current border between Russia and Estonia.
Whether this request was ever made is debatable, and it is just as likely that this episode found its way into the Primary Chronicle to legitimize the princely dynasty that established itself among the East Slavs at the time. In any case, it appears that in 862 a group of Varangians led by a prince named Rurik took power in Novgorod, a trading city in the northwest near the Baltic Sea. Twenty years later Rurik’s successor, Oleg (d. 913), conquered the more centrally located city of Kiev, which then became the capital of Kievan Rus.
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