There are a lot of Russian and Ukrainian bodybuilders who are really hot, but I am contradicted with how homophobic that region has become recently due to christian radicalisation.
I don't know if others have noticed it before, but I find it interesting that the more homophobic a country the more men seem to engage in homoerotic practices such as bodybuilding.
So true. When machismo is the norm, sports like bodybuilding is elevated to national interests I suppose. Same goes for Pakistan, Afghanistan etc.
I think the cases with Russia and the Middle East are different, but yeah, where there is a lot of homophobia activies like bodybuilding so full of homoerotic meanings are ironically deeply embraced.
As you said (even though bodybuilding may not be that popular across society) it looks like bodybuilding is elevated to the state of some kind of national aspiration among men as paranoia about homosexuality runs strong in the pyschology of Russian men.