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Russia forgot why Sergei Paradzhanov
was imprisoned

Celebrations of the painter Sergey Paradzhanov's 80th birthday have passed in Moscow. The memorial evening in Hadzhonkov house complemented the event.

But the state television and media were industriously concealing the fact of his arrest in December 17, 1973 and the imprisonment in February 1974. He was convicted of forcible buggery (criminal code article 122.1, 122.2 of the Ukrainian SSR).

In the ITAR-TASS anniversary message nothing was said about the great director's life tragedy. The Russia TV channel has lied, alleging that Paradzhanov was convicted of icon traffic.

Harboring the real causes of his imprisonment is alarming. It resembles the sinister concealment of the motives of destruction of the billions of soviet citizens in the soviet biographic reference books in the late 1930s, the years of Stalin's terror.

It is indicative that by now only Roman Balayan (Paradzhanov's friend) dared to openly discuss the bisexuality of the artist.


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