'Young Pioneers' vowed to stay 'pure in thought, word and deed,' while novelists and filmmakers cranked out heroic tales of Soviet supermen and women who saved their energies for the Party, resisting sex—and the temptation of marrying someone from a dubious (bourgeois) background.
|'If you want to be like me--just train!'|
A Soviet poster from 1951
A university tract on Youth and the Revolution declared that 'to be sexually attracted to a being who belongs to a different class which is hostile and morally alien is just as much a perversion as it would be to feel sexual attraction for a crocodile or an orangutang.'
Personally, I'd go with the orangutang.
In private, however, the new Party elite were far from abstemious.
Beria, the chief of Stalin's secret police, had cut his teeth in the Cheka, the forerunner of the KGB.
The 'Chekists' were loathed by ordinary Soviets, and Stern gives a good idea why.
|The poster for Chekist, |
a Russian movie from 1992
The mother of one of his patients was a peasant who left the countryside during the great famine of the early 1920s, a time when people in the Volga region had supposedly resorted to eating children to survive.
While she was at the train station, an armed Chekist bullied her into accompanying him home, and she consented, thinking he would at least give her a crust of bread if she had sex with him.
Instead, 'he ordered her to strip—and gave her to his dog.'
After his pet had his way with her, the Chekist kicked her onto the street, without any food or money.