Naiman 1990 Rape

Title Information

Author: Eric Naiman

Title: The Case of Chubarov Alley

Subtitle: Collective Rape, Utopian Desire and the Mentality of NEP

Journal: Russian History - Histoire Russe

Volume: 17

Issue: 1

Year: Spring 1990

Pages: 1-30

ISSN: 0094-288X – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1876-3316 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Russian History | Cases: Victims / Liubov' B.; Types: Gang Rape

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Author: Eric Naiman, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California at Berkeley

Abstract: »The era of the New Economic Policy (NEP) was a transitional period meant to lead the Soviet Union into a communist utopia. The extent and hostility of public and media response to the gang rape of a Soviet woman identified in newspapers as "Liubov' B." by approximately 40 men in Chubarov Alley in Leningrad in September 1926 demonstrated that Soviet citizens overwhelmingly rejected the social impurities that characterized the NEP period. Public reaction to the rape was a symbolic show of social self-purification meant to eradicate the contradictions engendered in the New Economic Policy.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  A. The "Facts" of the Case (p. 3)
  B. The Corruption of the Innocent (p. 6)
  C. The Corruption of the Experienced (p. 13)
  D. Cultural Resonance (p. 17)

Added: November 26, 2003 – Last updated: December 6, 2014