Support The Moscow Times!

Sex Ed Classes Spark Russia's Children's Ombudsman's Outrage

Russian children's ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has demanded that the Siberian city of Tyumen stop giving sexual education classes in schools, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Thursday.

Astakhov asked the regional governor’s office to take measures against the classes, calling them an “amateur performance."

The ombudsman's move came after a similarly outraged letter from an NGO called the Tyumen Parents Committee.

On Oct. 30, the committee published an article saying the lessons called “A Spermatozoid Journey” for fourth-grade pupils were inappropriate.

The lessons were aimed at explaining to schoolchildren how the human reproductive system works, but the committee considered the classes “seductive” and “schizophrenic,” the article says.

Previously, the Tyumen Parents Committee had also complained about the lessons “Women's Hygiene and Physiology” and “Moral Aspects of Sexual Upbringing,” the online news agency reported in October.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.