"These renewed troops of Ukraine's Armed Forces, zombified and unified through gay sex, along with cult members ready to sacrifice themselves. This is what they're preparing for us in the spring 2025."
These were the words of Sergei Markov, a Russian political scientist and former advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a recent television appearance on Russian state television.
Markov is a former member of the Russian State Duma, the lower house of the country’s federal legislative body, a professor of political science at Moscow State University, and a lecturer on philosophy. He’s also known for his wild reactionary statements. His claim that the Ukrainian Army will suddenly become homosexual supersoldiers is just the latest.
"Military theorists and historians know which army in Greece was the strongest, remember? The Spartans! They were united by a homosexual brotherhood. These were the politics of their leadership. I think they are planning the same for Ukraine's Armed Forces," Markov said.
Markov is correct in his assertion that homosexuality in ancient Greece, and especially Sparta, was the norm. Historians Plato and Plutarch wrote extensively about the Spartan customs. Spartans were also one of many Greek forces remembered as elite warriors today. His assertion that the Spartans’ battlefield prowess was the result of their sexual relationships is less clear to historians.
What is clear to history is the Sacred Band of Thebes, another elite military force documented by Plutarch, Plato and others. It was made up of 150 homosexual couples who would end Sparta’s military supremacy by destroying a third of its manpower and killing both Spartan kings in 371 BC. It would later be destroyed by Phillip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great.
Markov’s modern-day comments have no basis in reality, however. There’s no real technology or method of altering a human being’s sexual preferences. He claimed the U.S. will use "neuro-linguistic programming," a pseudoscientific form of psychology that was widely debunked in the 1980s.
They are likely an extension of the Russian government’s continued campaign against LGBTQ+ communities, jailing Russians citizens for claiming these people deserve human rights and even casting its invasion of Ukraine as a “holy war” against the Satanic West and its support for the LGBTQ+ community.
The former advisor to President Putin also demanded that Saudi Arabia host peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, and that deposed former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and former People’s Deputy of Ukraine Viktor Medvedchuk be included. Both are notoriously pro-Russian and live in exile in Russia.
He’s also said that Finland and Sweden joining NATO would lead to World War III, that Ukraine was wholly controlled by the United States, and that Russia should have a hand in writing Ukraine’s history textbooks, because they include the history of atrocities committed by the Soviet Union.
Markov’s assertion that the Ukrainian Army will soon be filled with gay couples comes amid Ukraine’s slow counteroffensive against invading Russian forces. He believes it’s part of a ploy to begin peace talks in the fall to prevent combat from continuing over the harsh Eastern European winter. The alleged gay offensive would, according to Markov, take place in the Spring of 2025.