Zinoviev writes again after a week:
Russian actress Alla Nazimova (1879 – 1945) in Salome
When Alla Nazimova left Russia, she moved to Hollywood "and became the prototype of the exotic screen vamp."
Nazimova is confirmed to have been involved romantically with the actress Eva Le Gallienne, director Dorothy Arzner, writer Mercedes de Acosta, and Oscar Wilde's niece, Dolly Wilde.
Nazimova reportedly coined the phrase "Sewing circles" as code to refer to lesbian or bisexual actresses of her day who concealed their true sexuality.
Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov Jr. (1886 - 1967)
Prince Yusupov was best known for taking part in the assassination of Grigori Rasputin.
He describes in his autobiography often spending time with Gypsy bands and adopting female clothing.
"He was a known bisexual and transvestite, and some have asserted that he and Grand Duke Dmitri were lovers as well as fellows in the murder of Rasputin.
Diaghilev, 1872-1929, (right) and lover Serge Lifar (1905 – 1986)
Sergei Diaghilev, who founded the Ballets Russes, had a relationship with the dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, among others.
Film director Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948)
Sergei Eisenstein's diaries contain accounts of his infatuations with many young men, including his assistant, Grigori Alexandrov.
His drawings include many illustrations of homosexual activity.
Ivan IV (The Terrible,1533-84) was the first ruler to be crowned tsar of all Russia.
In The Sexual Labyrinth of Nikolai Gogol, author Simon Karlinsky explains that Nikolai Gogol's "emotional orientation" was homosexual.
"It was in Italy that Gogol's repressed sexuality found an outlet. Gogol eventually settled in Rome, where he lived until 1848.
Tchaikovsky's letters and diaries reveal that Tchaikovsky was gay.
Bakst was a gay Russian painter and scene and costume designer.
Sophia Parnok (1885 – 1933)
Sophia Parnok was a gay/lesbian children's author and poet.
She met the young poet Marina Tsvetaeva, with whom she became involved in a passionate love affair that left important imprints on the poetry of both women.
Nijinsky was a famous gay Russian ballet dancer.
Erté (1892 – 1990) Romain de Tirtoff
Romain de Tirtoff was a gay Russian-born artist and designer.
Léonide Massine (1896 – 1979)
The gay Russian Léonide Massine was Europe's leading dancer and choreographer of the 1920's and 1930's.
Massine's collaborators included Picasso, Cocteau, Noel Coward and other gay people.
Pavel Tchelitchew (1898 – 1957) and Charles Ford.
Surrealist artist Pavel Tchelitchew had a young lover called Charles Henri Ford.
Painting of Giovanni by Pavel Tchelitchew
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Deineka (1899 – 1969)
Deineka was a Soviet Russian painter, graphic artist, and sculptor who painted lots of young male figures.
Pioneers by Deineka. Deineka.info
Boris Kochno (1904 — 1990)
Boris Kochno slept with many of the great artists of the 20th century, including Cole Porter.
Kochno, working with Roland Petit and Christian Berard, formed the Ballets des Champs-Élysées.
Serge Lifar (1905 – 1986) on the left.
The gay Russian Serge Lifar became the ballet master and director at the Paris Opera Ballet.
"His open socializing with the German High Command during the Occupation of Paris, he claimed, was related to his work as an undercover agent."
Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993), right, with friend Robert Kennedy.
Rudolf Nureyev was friends with Gore Vidal, Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol.
Nureyev tested positive for HIV in 1984.
Michael Lucas, a Russian, worked with the director Jean-Daniel Cadinot in gay films.
He then set up his own production company in New York.
Slava Mogutin (b. 1974)
Gay artist and photographer Slava Mogutin left Russia and moved to New York.
Alexander Kargaltsev is another gay Russian film maker who has left Russia and come to live in the USA.
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