January 25, 2013
Guidelines are being issued to the Russian army to check soldiers for intimate tattoos but a defence source denied gay men were being targeted.
According to the advice, revealed by Russian newspaper Izvestia, tattoos are a useful indication of character.
“Special attention should be paid to tattoos around the face, and on the sex organs and buttocks,” it notes.
The defence source said it was a matter of health and appearance, not soldiers’ sexual orientation.