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Brothel madams in the late Russian Empire

Brothel madams mediated between the police and women who sold sex, so they were essential for the functioning of the state regulation of prostitution. This viewpoint explores some of the responsibilities given to brothel madams working under the state regulation system.

Controlling venereal diseases in the Russian Imperial Navy

Venereal diseases in the military were extremely concerning for the Russian imperial authorities. This viewpoint examines responses to epidemic rates of venereal infection in one port of the Empire, the Port of Emperor Alexander III in Libava (now Karosta, near Liepāja in Latvia)

Brothels in the late Russian Empire

Brothels were everywhere in urban centres of the Russian Empire, and reactions to them were complicated and varied. This viewpoint focuses on one street in Vilnius in the early 1900s to examine the complex relationships between landlords, brothel madams, and the tsarist police.

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Hotel raids and forced registration on the police lists of prostitutes in early twentieth-century Riga

This viewpoint explores the forced registration of women onto the Russian Empire’s police lists of prostitutes in the early 1900s. In Riga, forced registration commonly occurred in the city’s hotels, and can be read as official attempts to kick back against perceived moral decline amidst urbanisation, industrialisation, and modernisation.