Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Jeff Sharlet GQ piece on the hatred of gays in Russia

There's a tremendous feature from the latest issue of GQ with "Inside the Iron Closet: What It's Like to Be Gay in Putin's Russia" by Jeff Sharlet.

It's a pretty terrifying story of the state-sponsored hate crimes and some of the background that Sharlet provides reminds me past writing I saw about how Putin's oppression of homosexuals stems from and the need to get his people to rally behind him even with the country no longer flush with oil money. While Jews as a group to hate might be considered, Putin's reason to not pick them stems in part from it bringing to mind the WWII enemy Nazi Germany and focusing hatred on homosexuals also gets the Russian Orthodox Church to support Putin.

Excellent writing from Sharlet on a horrible thing occurring in Russia.