Many such discussions took place in the Russian Academy of Sciences, which maintained its own collection of hermaphrodites.
The bishop Veniamin, however, was not keen on losing his living exhibit, and deterrence tool for the local community, and did everything to delay the process.
When Ivan was released from the pillar, he was deaf and mad from the horror of being locked in his prison alive.
In 1743 another ‘double-sexed person’ was arrested and held by the St. This time, it was a palace servant Ivan Antonov, who called himself Natalia and who had ‘female genitals in addition to male genitals’.
The police asked the Synod to provide information from both ecclesiastical law and active statutes as to what to do with him, because ‘having two natures he cannot stay among people without temptation’.
It came as a shock to his wife, Praskov’ia, who insisted that they lived together as a man and a wife, that is, had sexual intercourse.
Apparently, Ivan had a penis (), probably because during their washing in the bathhouse, Ivan made sure Praskov’ia could not see his genitals properly (he hid behind birch twigs).
He was finally imprisoned in the monastery for life.
This might be appear only an outstanding case if not for a further example ten years later.
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