bbc.co.uk
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.

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