Cover Osteuropa 10/2013

In Osteuropa 10/2013
Teil des Dossiers Religion im Konflikt

“Propaganda of Sin”
The Russian Orthodox Church and Sexual Minority Rights

Konstantin Michajlov

Deutsche Fassung


The Russian Orthodox Church hardly deals with sexuality and gender issues. Instead, it just refers to tradition. In its “Social Doctrine” from 2000, the church condemns homosexuality as a perversion. In the meantime, the state has also adopted this position. For the state, this has even less to do with religion and morality than for the church. Homophobia is rather a part of the regime’s anti-Western propaganda. It also weakens those circles within the church who are betting on a modernisation of theology.

(Osteuropa 10/2013, pp. 87–98)