Professor Dan Healey contributes to Vadim Kozin programme on BBC World Service

Professor Dan Healey contributes to Vadim Kozin programme on BBC World Service

21 January 2016

Here is the iPlayer link to a BBC World Service programme about the singer Vadim Kozin, presented by Marc Almond and featuring contributions from Oxford professors Dan Healey and Catriona Kelly.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03b1w65

 

The work by Professor Healey on Kozin’s diary and his biography forms part of his research on the history of homophobia in Russia.

 

In Search of Vadim Kozin

The Documentary

 

Marc Almond travels to Moscow in search of the marvellous Russian tenor Vadim Kozin, tango-singer and superstar. The darling of the Soviet Union, Kozin melted hearts by the tens of millions in the 1940s, playing to packed concert halls and rallying Red Army troops in World War 2.

Kozin made dozens of hit records and lived the high-life of a celebrity in the most rarified circles around Stalin. But he vanished one day in 1944 when the secret police arrested him and sent him to the GULAG for homosexuality. His records were pulled from the shops, his voice from the radio. The public thought him dead, but Kozin would spend the next 50 years in Siberia, still singing and performing in the strange looking-glass world of internal exile.