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The most obvious social change in Russia is the disappearance of the old conspiracy of silence and the appearance of same-sex love as a fashionable topic for newspapers, art, and salon conversation. Formerly suppressed and forbidden "gay sensibilities" and eroticism are gradually being recognized and integrated into the elite culture
Changing Public Opinion
The social situation of sexual minorities is everywhere affected by public attitudes, which do not change overnight. Homophobia and discrimination against gay men and lesbians are still conspicuous in present-day Russian sexual and political culture.
Repeal of Article 121
The principle of gender equality in sexual relations also presented difficulty. Because rape was believed to be a more serious offense than any other sexual assault, the rape of an adult woman or a young girl was punishable much more severely than any forced sexual assault or penetration inflicted upon an adult male or young boy.
Struggle for Decriminalization
After 1987, the question of what exactly homosexuality was and how one should relate to "blues" - whether to regard them as sick, as criminals. or as victims of fate - began to be discussed extensively in the popular, especially youth, press.
Inconsistencies were inevitable, as the process of Christianization of Russia, which lasted over centuries - all the while involving new territories and peoples - was in many ways incomplete and superficial. Christian norms not only coexisted with pagan norms, but also frequently incorporated them.
This was the first book ever published in Russian that covered the controversial subject of homosexuality from a non-medical point of view. Moonlight has a light-blue color, and 'goluboy' ('a light-blue one') is a common Russian word to denote a male homosexual.
Criminal Code of the Russian Federation
Adopted on 24 May 1996 by the State Duma
Approved on 5 June 1996 by the Federation Council
Effective as of 1 January 1997 (as amended on 8 December 2003)
Legal Position of Russian Lesbians and Gays
The Russian Criminal Code prohibits incitement to ethnic, religious or racial enmity, but this list is exhaustive and cannot be applied to homophobic hate crimes. There is no specific gay hate crime laws in Russia.
Fraternization from a Canonical Perspective
Let it be said that even today in some areas of the country such as Epeirus fraternizations are taking place. Various persons still become "vlamides" in front of the Priest in Epeirus as I have been informed by Priests in Epeirus. A special Service is read.
Florensky on Brotherhood Rite
Father Pavel Florensky mentions adopted brotherhood in his classic work The Pillar and Ground of the Truth (Moscow 1914), in the context of a lengthy discussion of friendship. Without even attempting to summarise a book of such great depth or to convey fully the context of the mention of adopted brotherhood...
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