Moscow’s secret gay history exposed



Yevgeniy Fiks | 14158

Photographer Yevgeniy Fiks has mapping an unexplored topography of the city of Moscow: its former Soviet era gay cruising places.

“These places were dear to many: they acquired a private slang terminology in which the statues of Lenin and Marx that were present in every Russian city were affectionately referred to as “Auntie Lena” and “Director of the Pleshka”, both out of familiarity and as a way of queering them,” writes Agata Pyzik. Pleshki is the Russian name for cottaging sites.



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