In 1976 Ksenia began listening lectures of the famous psychologist, researcher Igor Kon. Since 1982 she had worked as a psychiatrist at the hospital named Kashchenko.
I understood everything. I
t remained only to find a gay and help him. He reached out to me, asked to treat him. In my work I faced with convicted under the article 121 homosexuals. I cannot name their real names, because no one gave me the permission to an «outing».
Even the paramedic (he wasn't homophobic — just vice versa) told me a lot of important things). Once he said: «The patient of yours came into. Get him under your surveillance. I recognize them at once — the eyes are guilty».
When a patient asked co cure him from homosexuality, one doctor advised: «You just need to sleep with a woman. Three rubles for a consultation».
Actually, there was an option to avoid punishment for «sodomy» in Soviet times. Ksenia tells
: «Go to a psycho-neurological dispensary, make coming out, get a diagnosis, then you are being treated and... there is no article. They get a disability which makes it possible not to work. They can speculate, for example, and live quite well. Psychiatrists usually diagnosed them the other illnesses such as organic damage of the brain or schizophrenia and gay men did not bear any responsibility. I treated them not as patients, but as people who were in trouble and needed any help. And all the psychiatrists I know related to the homosexuals loyally. I think medicine was humane after all. One patient even tried to blackmail me for encouraging homosexual relations. It was very unpleasant.
Even now I met lesbians who said that in Soviet times they were treated with shock therapy. First, the therapy is called electroconvulsive therapy. Secondly, they were not treated as lesbians, but as mentally ill. Thirdly, that method was used not very often, because it is very complex one.