Red closet

By: Rustam Alexander
Published by:

Manchester University Press

Genre: History
Publication date: 05/23/2023
Price: 17.99


In 1934, Joseph Stalin enacted sodomy laws, unleashing a wave of brutal detentions of homosexual men in large Soviet cities. Rustam Alexander recounts the compelling stories of people whose lives were directly affected by those laws.

Author's Biography

Rustam Alexander is a historian and independent scholar who obtained his PhD from the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Regulating homosexuality in Soviet Russia, 1956-91: A different history.


‘Alexander has done a superb job of telling the history of homosexuality in Russia since the Revolution, and his book deserves to be widely read.’
Dennis Altman, gay rights activist and author of Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation and Global Sex

‘Red Closet brings to life stories of gay oppression in the Soviet Union and traces some of the roots of contemporary Russia’s homophobia.’
Dan Healey, University of Oxford, author of Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi

‘Rustam Alexander has undertaken rigorous archival research with great passion to produce a superb book. His narrative is refreshingly free of academic jargon and theory but Red Closet can be appreciated by a wide readership.’
Stephen Bourne, author of Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men who Served in Two World Wars


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