Soviet Legal and Criminological Debates on the Decriminalization of Homosexuality (1965–75)

  title={Soviet Legal and Criminological Debates on the Decriminalization of Homosexuality (1965–75)},
  author={Rustam Alexander},
  journal={Slavic Review},
  pages={30 - 52}
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, almost three decades after consensual sodomy was declared a crime in the USSR, voices began to speak out in favor of its decriminalization. This article traces the history of the ensuing debate on this issue, conducted between Soviet criminologists and legal academics in the period from 1965–75. Through a close reading of the related texts, I explore the evolution of the different positions put forward. These fall into two camps: on the one hand, legal… 
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