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Russian Paratroopers Attack Lone Gay Rights Activist Protesting in St. Petersburg: VIDEO


Gay rights activist Kirill Kalugin was attacked in St. Petersburg today while staging a one-man protest of Russia's anti-gay law. Reuters reports that "the former servicemen were gathered in central St. Petersburg to celebrate Russian Paratroopers Day, an annual holiday for the Russian airborne troops celebrated since the Soviet era days."

Watch a video of the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

According to the Russian LGBT Network two of the attackers were detained by police and the activist, thankfully, got out unharmed.

RussianlgbtAnimal NY has translation:

“What are you doing here on Airborne Army Day?”

“I am picketing,” he says, trying to keep on his feet while being manhandled by the group.

“Well, we do not agree with this and ask you to stop this sort of action and your one-man picket.” They begin to push him around. He falls.

“Oh, look he slipped and fell. Don’t do that,” the soldier says, performatively at the journalists trying to get closer. The man is visibly frightened as the soldiers form a chain around him and began to chant, smacking their fists into their palms.

“CALL THE POLICE ON HIM,” someone jeer. “STAND RIGHT THERE,” a few yell. The police arrive (blue shirts, police hats) and attempt to drag the man out of the circle, so the soldiers move closer, block their access and pushing the cops.

“What were you thinking, showing up at the Palace Square, faggot?” the leader yells.

“You guys are animals,” the protestor rasps, while another soldier chokes him and shakes him by his neck. As the cops try to remove the illegally protesting young man, the soldiers start shoving them and throwing punches. In the next shot, they encircle the police vehicle — “We’re not going to let them fucking move anywhere.” — after their leader tries to get into the cruiser and drag the protestor out, yelling, “Why are you defending him?!”

The police begin putting the soldiers in detention vehicles and chaos breaks out, and then they begin attacking members of the media, who are their observing Kalugin's protest, Animal reports:

“We don’t stand by your provocations,” they scream at the car. Then, the drunken leader proceeds to rant at the camera about the “evil darkness” of “the bitches” in Russia and how bothered “we, normal human men” are by their sheer existence. “This is evil. Putin is fag and the rest of it is all shit. They entire country is on its knees. We are Russians! We are working!” In the background, a soldier screams at a cop, “Why are you not ticketing the faggot parade?”



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  1. If those military outfits aren't the gayest thing I've seen...

    Posted by: UDontKnow | Aug 2, 2013 12:32:30 PM

  2. ....and just when you thought it couldn't get worse.


    Posted by: Leo | Aug 2, 2013 12:33:50 PM

  3. Jean-Paul Gaultier must have designed their outfits. No, we aren't latently gay or anything!

    Posted by: Castro Craig | Aug 2, 2013 12:35:06 PM

  4. Are they even aware that Jean Paul Gaultier has been dressing them?

    Posted by: tranquilo | Aug 2, 2013 12:36:34 PM

  5. Disgusting animals.

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 2, 2013 12:38:45 PM

  6. Mr Kalugin is obviously braver than the cowards who attacked him.

    It's very difficult watching these videos, but they must be seen.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 2, 2013 12:41:24 PM

  7. right, hate the gays. must make it easier for many Russians to ignore the booming sex-trafficking industry that literally helps fuel their economy.
    those thugs attacked a gay man, and likely celebrated by raping an 8 year old girl.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 2, 2013 12:41:28 PM

  8. Look up Jean-Paul Gaultier's "Le Male" Perfume Ads.

    This Russian uniform designer has a great grasp of irony.

    Posted by: Leo | Aug 2, 2013 12:45:14 PM

  9. they are the NEW NAZIS 2.0 they should just except that title....cause THATS what they are...

    Posted by: disgusted american | Aug 2, 2013 12:46:13 PM

  10. ***being totally sarcastic and making a slight joke in what's a terrible situation***

    Posted by: Leo | Aug 2, 2013 12:47:34 PM

  11. This video must be spread far and wide. The word Sochi has become so ugly. Horribly sad.

    Posted by: Geoff | Aug 2, 2013 12:56:24 PM

  12. It was at least encouraging to see that the police actually intervened to protect the would be victim. You gotta admire the courage of that protester!

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 2, 2013 12:57:15 PM

  13. That has to be the most brave gay rights activist I've come across in recent memory.

    Posted by: Anthony | Aug 2, 2013 12:59:26 PM

  14. those have got to be the most queeny flamboyant looking paratrooper outfits in the entire world

    LOL no wonder russia is so homophobic....the rest of the world laughs at their paratroopers who are 1 step away from wearing tutus

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 2, 2013 1:02:40 PM

  15. This is looking more and more like a pogrom in the making. From the country that gave us the word.

    Posted by: jomicur | Aug 2, 2013 1:08:31 PM

  16. the world needs to punish Russia by boycotting all Russian products and halting tourism to the country.
    some of those bastard are pretty hot though.. i'm sure more than one plays for our team

    Posted by: matt | Aug 2, 2013 1:09:01 PM

  17. He is very brave !

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Aug 2, 2013 1:14:11 PM

  18. yeah, so funny how sexy men in tight outfits attack a gay guy lol Move over French homophobes, Russian paratroopers are coming!

    Posted by: litper | Aug 2, 2013 1:14:18 PM

  19. Did anyone notice POLICEMEN WEAR THE HOMO uniform ?

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Aug 2, 2013 1:17:51 PM

  20. haha, look at 2:50, one of them is so angry because of gays he does a striptease!

    Posted by: litper | Aug 2, 2013 1:17:59 PM

  21. Winter Palace in the b.g., same place as the 1905 Bloody Sunday Massacre... killing people demonstrating for freedom... Will the Russians never learn!

    Posted by: Mikey C. | Aug 2, 2013 1:28:37 PM

  22. This is a crime against all of us.Boycott everything Russian. No Olympics!

    Posted by: Monroc | Aug 2, 2013 1:38:32 PM

  23. the laughing at the paratroopers is CATHARTIC

    a release of tension due to anger and stress over the the russia situation. cathartic release via humor is both healthy and very human

    in no way does it lessen the horror of what is going on in russia but those who are not understanding those of us finding cathartic release via humor should probably take a deep breath. A lack of humor is a possible sign of narcasism and derangement

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 2, 2013 1:45:39 PM

  24. I wish were half as brave as the young activist Kirill Kalugin.

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 2, 2013 1:48:34 PM

  25. Where is Querelle?

    Posted by: steve talbert | Aug 2, 2013 1:59:11 PM

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