Attack of the Degenerate Gay Jews

Klimov's Harvard Project combines the three key strands of Leitis' work ("secret" codes, latent homosexuality, and mind control), adding a fourth, metatextual layer connected to the ethnic background of notable figures in both the Rand Corporation and Russian Bolshevism:  both the anti-Soviet Harvard Project and the Soviet government itself are the product of an international Jewish conspiracy.

The fundamentals of Klimov's theory are laid out in The Prince of This World, only to be elaborated ad nauseam in the rest of his books, articles, and interviews. Maxim Rudnev, one of the two brothers who are the protagonists of The Prince of This World and its sequel, My Name is Legion, rises through the ranks of the Russian secret services thanks to far-ranging research combining the history of the occult, the secrets of the Jews, existentialism,  Russian literature and religious philosophy, Lombroso's criminology, Nordau's theories of degeneration, contemporary genetics, and Alfred Kinsey's reports on male and female sexuality. The resulting "science," called both "higher sociology" and "dialectical Christianity," proves that the New Testament in general, and Revelation in particular, is more than a spiritual testimony:  it is the encoding of biological and psychological fact in the language of mysticism. 

Rudnev discovers that a large portion of humankind is inherently defective, bearing the "mark of the beast" in its genetic make-up.  They are constantly on the rise, thanks to the increasing degeneration of the populace caused by mixed marriages to homosexuals and Jews.  For it is the Jews who are the most significant and organized contingent of "Legionnaires," as Klimov calls them, and it is the Jews who are also more prone to "latent homosexuality" and lesbianism.  Klimov at once attempts to ground his demonology in the body (through spurious genetics) and to free his pet pathologies from their literal meanings:  virtually every famous person identified in Klimov's work (including Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler) is at the very least a "quasi-faggot" (polupederast) and "part kike" (s prozhid'iu), even if they have never actually engaged in homosexual activities or have any known Jewish background. [1]

"No goys among the gays"

"No goys among the gays"

Thanks to his esoteric knowledge and iron will, Maxim Rudnev quickly climbs through the ranks of the NKVD to become Stalin's "Red Cardinal" and mastermind the purges.  In describing both Rudnev's philosophy and the evolution of Soviet history, Klimov follows the familiar conspiratorial pattern of using analogy and metaphor as proof, but goes a step further:  analogy and metaphor collapse in upon themselves into total identity between the objects that are compared.  Rather than simply compare Stalin's Terror with the Spanish Inquisition, both the Terror and the Inquisition become one.  It is not just that Rudnev has learned the lessons of inquisitors and witch hunters by reading Malleus Mallefactum in order to employ medieval methods against modern enemies:  instead, the enemies of the Inquisition and the enemies of Stalin are one and the same.  In each case, the forces of order are hunting down and exterminating a category of people whom Rudnev insists on calling "Satanists" (satanisty), "witches" (ved'my) and wizards (kolduny), for the "enemies of the people" have always been the "Legionnaires," whose chromosomal deficiencies turn them into power-mad, homosexual revolutionaries. 

Naturally, the Legionnaires are primarily Jewish, which further strengthens the unity (rather than the parallels) between the Inquisition and the Terror:  Maxim's skeptical younger brother, whose path towards enlightenment serves as the excuse for long disquisitions of Klimov's theories, is shocked to discover that nearly all the members of Stalin's discredited inner circle had Jewish wives, "as if some special marriage bureau's job was finding Jewish wives for the Kremlin's leaders" (Chapter 6). Thus weeding out the hidden Jews is just as important for the NKVD as it was for the Inquisition.  Moreover, the biological drives of the Legionnaires explain why revolutions must always "eat their young":  all revolutionaries are "permanent revolutionaries," by their very nature, they will subvert any society in which they live, even if it is the society they themselves founded. Klimov and his characters can fight against their perceived Jewish conspiracy in defense of a social order they claim was created by Jews (the Soviet system) and using theories developed by Jews (in My Name is Legion,  the narrator describes the Harvard Project as "Nathan Leitis and a whole host of elders of Zion with long, Marxist beards and limping on their left leg" (359).

Though the conservative Russian Writers' Union accepted Klimov as a member, his conspiratorial synthesis is too baroque to be adopted wholeheartedly by a mass movement or become thoroughly mainstream; the Red/Brown newspaper Zavtra usually cites Klimov with approval, and congratulated him on his 80th birthday (Bondarenko).  But Klimov, who spent all of the 1990s in his apartment in Queens, was not in a position to bring his ideas wider exposure.  Instead, his books and articles were mined for useful ideas and motifs by a much savvier set of writers: the "Norka" analytical group, established in 1995 around the figure of Sergei Norka.[2]

Next: Nobody Expects the Russian Inquisition


[1] For example, Fidel Castro's brother is assumed to be gay because of his long hair (Kniaz' 280), while the red hair color of Lenin, Stalin's mother, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn shows that they are degenerates, and probably Jews (Imia 8).

[2]According to the Norka website, the group consists of Evgenii Vladimirovich Miachin, Andrei Elin, Aleksander Vasilievich Orlov, Vladimir Aleksandrovich Gorbunov, and Norka himself.  (www.