Social Landscapes: A Conservative Turn for Russian Gender and Sexuality Education

  • Dmitrii S. TolkachevEmail author
  • Varvara M. Vasileva
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


This chapter explores the influence of social landscapes, focusing on Russian gender and sexuality (G&S) education under a conservative turn. While the policy banning of ‘propaganda of homosexuality’ declared by the authorities should change public opinion against homosexuality and gender equality in theory, this chapter shows policy is only the beginning of Russian debates. Drawing on interview and survey data, this chapter shows that the laws have not stabilised the narratives of how to deal with gender and sexualities in education completely; and that the Russian education system’s attempts at inculcation of the younger generation in some ways inspired youth curiosity.


Policy Context Russia Propaganda Education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory for Anti-Corruption PolicyNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussian Federation
  2. 2.Candidate of Sciences (Political Science)MoscowRussian Federation

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