Theological professor Alexander Dvorkin wrote a document suggesting yoga could cause uncontrolled sexual arousal and homosexuality in detention centers, leading to riots, the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomlets reported. Senator Elena Mizulina, who is known for her conservative views, used the document to appeal to the Prosecutor General’s Office to check the legality of the yoga classes, and asked for them to be suspended, according to the paper.
Being gay isn’t illegal in Russia but the country in general is extremely homophobic. There are gay safe spaces in the big cities and Moscow has a thriving gay scene but there are videos out there showing how negatively every day Russians react to gay couples. There are laws against displaying homosexuality to children though so the gay clubs turn on the rainbow lights only at night. Hopefully things change culturally over there to end some of the nonsense but I fear Russia has a long way to go on that.