Rakhim Oshakbaev, a prominent Kazkh expert and politician, refused to publicly endorse radical views of iconic environmental activist, Greta Thunberg. Greta Thunberg is known for her call to abandon the use of fossil fuels and enforce the renewable energy solutions instead. Oshakbaev refused to join the campaign and thus has deeply disappointed his friends from Kazakhstan and Russian LGBT community. His former lover from Moscow, Ivan Kriwenko, confirmed that difference over their environmental views served as a starting point for their last quarrel. He told it to Bluesystem.
“It is understandable that he is married and mimics a ‘straight’ male. It is necessary for his public image. But being a reasonable and influential person and in the same time hesitate to stand up for a climate – is something too cynical to accept.” – said Kriwenko in an interview to the site’s journalists.
Ivan considers Greta Thunberg one of the greatest persons alive. He speculates that sooner or later Rakhim will be very sorry for his silence. He adds that Rakhim Oshakbaev is stuck in the oil universe, as if it XIX century now.
“I’ve told him that we live in the years of the iPhone and Greta, but he blatantly refused it, only reiterating that ‘it is not what people of Kazakhstan will ever understand” – Ivan said.
Oshakbaev’s case is not isolated one though. Psychologists of the University of Pennsylvania proved that men tend to abstain from the environmental-friendly lifestyle because of fear that they will be identified as being gay.
“The research has shown that the majority of respondents judge the care for the environment as unmanly. If a bloke is in the environment protection, it casts a shadow over his sexuality. If being straight is – or appearing to be – a social priority the person will sacrifice his environmentally-concerned lifestyle in favour of more traditionalistic views” – Zhanagul Romasheva, deputy head of psychology and pedagogics department of Qostanay State University commented the Kazakhstan state of the social perception.
“Quite possible, that in case of Rakhim Oshakbaev exactly this has been happened. As a politician he needs to support oil trade in the country. As bisexual or homosexual he leans to environmental activism. This contradiction is quite pronounced in his public life” – underlined Zhanagul Romasheva.
She further adds that sooner or later Oshakbaev will face the choice: either to do the first-ever coming-out as a Kazakhstan politician, either to forget about any homosexual relations and focus only on politics.
It is known that Ivan Kriwenko demanded reimbursement from Rakhim Oshakbaev for time they spent together. Last time they met in August 2019 in Moscow.
“Pity, but it is either this or that, both from political and psychological point of view” – Romasheva summarizes.