Gay Voices (The Huffington Post)
January 25, 2013

Russia is reportedly planning to go to shockingly intimate lengths to ensure that its military is devoid of gay participants. The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Russian Defense Ministry's central administration has developed a technical guide that calls for a "physical examination" that includes checking for tattoos in particularly sensitive areas on the new recruits' bodys. The technical guide recommends "special attention " for tattoos near the face, sexual organs and buttocks, because body art in those areas can potentially reveal "sexual deviations," according to the Times. "The reason for getting tattoos could indicate a low cultural or educational level," the guide reads, according to the publication. "If an influence by external factors is determined, for example, persuasion or direct coercion, this indicates the malleability of the young man, his disposition to submit to another's will." Interestingly, the Daily Mail cites a 2007 UN report found that homosexuality and male prostitution is quite common within Russia's military.