I hate to be rude. But I feel that in Irina case she married him and it was her duty to stay with her husband. She simply could not and would not divorce him, this meant she must stay with him and learn to deal with his behavior. I personal do not feel that he was gay but if he was it is not my place to judge him on it. He lived in a time were that was looked down upon so if he was homosexual then he delt with it. I personal do not feel he was, due to the fact that once the problems of his past were dead and gone why would he stay with his wife? If you would gay and your family and surroundings where changed in that way wouldn't you then divorce her and move on with life? I know that I would. I come from an old russian family and I am homosexual and I know my family does not approve of it but as long as I am respectful they just simply dismiss it. I know that if I were to marry a woman then my family was killed off and the society that I live in was no longer running my life I would look to my lover for comfort and leave my wife so that I might be with my lover full time. So in my mind I do not feel he was gay. I just keep thinking why stay with Irina all that time if he was?
If I have offended anyone with this post, I ask your forgiveness please.