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Gay Rights Activist Attacked By Russian Paratroopers In Disturbing Video

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These are some very sad times in Russia right now…

An attack against a lone protester by a group of veteran paratroopers was caught on video this week in St. Petersburg, all because he was standing in Palace Square holding a rainbow flag.

And THAT is now against the law in Russia!

The young man's name is Kirill Kalugin and his flag had words stitched into it that read, "This is propagating tolerance."

St. Petersburg is the city that first established Russia's new anti-gay legislation that bans the promotion of "non-traditional relationships" towards minors. President Vladimir Putin signed the bill into law in June.

In the video above, Kalugin is pushed and shouted out by the paratroopers, who gathered to celebrate Russian Airborne Troops Day, a national holiday. One of them can be heard shouting:

"You don’t need to fall, stand up straight, explain what you’re doing, we’re calling the police!"

The attack continued with another soldier saying:

“What the f*ck were you thinking, showing up at Palace Square, f*ggot?”

When police arrived on scene, Kalugin was taken into custody but whether or not he was charged with any crime is unknown. Riot police were also called in however to arrest several paratroopers for their roles in the attack.

We can't imagine the fear being felt by Russian LGBT people right now. The country's anti-gay enactment comes just months before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and many are left wondering whether the atmosphere in Russia will be safe for gay athletes competing in the games.

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said in a recent interview:

”No one is banning a sportsman with a non-traditional sexual orientation from going to Sochi. But if he goes out onto the street and starts to make propaganda, then of course he will be brought to responsibility.”

How do YOU think the US should handle the upcoming Olympic games and the current anti-gay legislation in Russia?

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20 comments to “Gay Rights Activist Attacked By Russian Paratroopers In Disturbing Video”

  1. 1

    It's sad with big morons got on top of the power and they deiced not work and serve their people … They forgot why they get elected for … no wonder Russia is one of the poorest countries in the planet !!!! They spend the money that they don't have in attacking their own citizens !

  2. Emma says – reply to this


    this makes me so, so sad… like i just wish i was there and could stand up for this man. hes so alone. why cant people just be open minded?

  3. Sailorboy says – reply to this


    Too bad those Russian troops are dressed as if they were gay sailors. Oh the irony.

  4. Lookat that says – reply to this


    I guess the police never look at their uniform in the mirror…pretty obvious they all in secret support LGBT…

    *for those who don't get it….their jackets have the text OMOH on them*

  5. dany says – reply to this


    Only stupid gay people will support immorality. Kudos to russia. Stupid satanic people that call themselves lGBT. They want to stop procreation. God save all of u. Mcccchhhheewwww

  6. 6

    Funny at the end when that one jerk wanted the camera. They want to be assholes, but they don't want video taken of their asshole ways. Surprised that Mario didn't have a commercial for his vodka at the end of this video. He's hoping to make money off other people's struggles. He has no ethics at all.

  7. susan says – reply to this


    So sad for that boy. And do those paratroopers realize how gay they look in those get-ups? Douches!

  8. jnest says – reply to this


    Breaking the law is not how you make progress. If he knew it was breaking the law to do such a thing, what did he expect would happen?

  9. Pi Sub says – reply to this


    I don't hate gay people. I'm loving and caring. I just don't think that gay people need equal rights or protections.

    Marriage is not a governmental designation. It's what I decide it is. My religious beliefs are more important than human rights. That's just the way it is. My religion should be everyone's religion. The separation of church and state isn't what the founders intended to have as the law. We all know that people like Thomas Jefferson didn't really mean it like that. I think that it's a valid argument to claim to be known as a nice person when I really don't care to actually evaluate my prejudiced views about others. My sky fairy (who is the best sky fairy of all the sky fairies) says that it is right to stick my head into the personal lives of others. You know, small government. Live free or die! Don't tread on me! But gays, they are just different. I'm not judging them but they are different.

  10. Pi Sub says – reply to this


    I hate that there is now a legal basis for gay people to have equal legal standings and be able to sue people for religious discrimination. That's awful. Nobody should step on our right to step on their rights.

    I also think that I should lie about how private groups will have to respect our fellow citizens as a result of rulings like this. Anything to scare people into thinking that the government is actually going to protect members of our community from discrimination.

    Public schools and other government institutions should be subject to my religious beliefs. Telling kids that people are equal is not the right thing to do. Let's just pray away the gay, shall we?

    Embrace my message of love.

    I don't know why gay people think I'm not a nice, wonderful person. It's the strangest thing, ya know?

  11. karen says – reply to this


    Forget about the gay rights aspect for a minute & just look at what's going on. This behavior has only been openly approved of by the government for a few mths & soldiers already feel comfortable attacking someone who is different in broad daylight. People don't want to believe that the atrocities of WWII or segregation could ever happen again, but look how easy it is for people to slip into violent hate. I hope the gays have enough guts to stand up for themselves & enough energy to keep shaming others into denouncing this.

  12. karen says – reply to this


    Re: dany – Why are you reading a site owned by a stupid gay person? Is it because you need a shirtless Bieber fix?

  13. karen says – reply to this


    Re: jnest – Rosa Parks broke the law too. Guess you would've been happy if they'd dragged her off & lynched her.

  14. Bongo says – reply to this


    Well… f*ck Russia!

  15. kandycane says – reply to this


    The world is a sad place. And it's going to get worse.

  16. Pi Sub says – reply to this


    The entire comment was sarcastic. Just like this man, lots of people are trying to make the case that gays should not be treated like humans, that it's ok to hurt and attack them, proceeding to not adequately punish their attackers.

  17. chillax62 says – reply to this


    Re: dany – what the fuck are you doing here then reading this blog? people like you make earth real hell. so you're saying because one is gay they have to be treated with such hatred??? go to hell!

  18. Default Setteen says – reply to this


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  19. 19

    We need laws like this in America!

  20. teeter totter says – reply to this


    Um, he might not have picked a good day to protest or whatever if it was some kind of Armed Forces Day.