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Violent Russian Thugs Mistake St. Patrick's Flashmob For Pro-Gay Demonstration, Beat Them Up: VIDEO


Last Monday in Irkutsk, a group of Russian thugs beat up some language school students participating in a St. Patrick's Day-themed flashmob incorrectly thinking that they were pro-gay demonstrators.

According to law enforcement representatives who spoke with

"On Sunday evening, members of Easy School held a St Patrick's Day flashmob in the mall. Some youths came up to them and expressed displeasure at the proceedings. A conflict took place that grew into a fight on the square outside the mall... The Easy School members were wearing historic costumes, particularly kilts and their opponents mistook them for representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation."

A teacher in the flashmob apparently recieved a mild concussion — no word on arrests. Just another example of how Russia's anti-gay law (and all such laws in general) hurt gay and non-gay people alike.

See video of the attack AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Russia is a nation of uncivilized, loud, obnoxious, boorish people. It is a hell-hole and should be nuked from one end to the other.
    The only things the Russians know and respect is extreme violence. Let's show them some.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Mar 24, 2014 11:04:29 AM

  2. Russia where beating people up is A-Ok.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 24, 2014 11:12:59 AM

  3. I remember growing up here in NYC and meeting my first group of Russian guys, friends of my friend's boyfriend who was Russian himself. They all hailed from Brighton beach and loved nothing more than talking about guns, doing massive amounts of cocaine and drinking. To this day I can remember one of them taking me aside and offering me lines of coke to do, which I immediately denied. They all knew I was gay, and it didn't much matter to them, but to this day I'll bet they'll always remember that the most moral guy they met in the summer of 2001, was a gay guy. I don't want to generalize Russian people, but a lot of them are boorish materialists and their propaganda against gay people and lies about us are beyond sickening. What's going to happen there? Who knows. It'll probably take a good generation or two before things get better. I just pray that the gay teens there now find some peace one day. Oh, it just must be horrible there.

    Posted by: Anthony | Mar 24, 2014 11:16:10 AM

  4. Xenophobic much!? How is it fair tar all Russian people with the same brush as these hooligans? Please don't be obtuse

    Posted by: kranbree | Mar 24, 2014 11:21:33 AM

  5. Russians in Brighton Beach are not exactly representative of Russians in general. And while there are a lot of homophobes, there are also Russians who are tolerant (mostly in Moscow and St. Petersburg).

    We have students in Irkutsk, and some have stumbled onto a kind of gay cafe, or a cafe that has unofficial gay nights... So perhaps there's a fledgling gay community there. But very small (for a city of 600,000) and probably now even more in the closet than it was at my last visit. That time I met two men who lived together and worked together, but both also had wives and kids. Some of the family knew, some didn't.

    This incident involved no actual gay people, as far as we know. Let's hope the outcome makes some straight Russians understand that they should fight against homophobic violence.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Mar 24, 2014 11:29:44 AM

  6. video of attack

    Posted by: Ivan | Mar 24, 2014 11:37:19 AM

  7. Thank you, KRANBREE.

    I want to believe that their are Russian folks who are sick of violent anti-Gay behavior.

    People who denigrate entire nationalities or entire races are lousy bigots...probably with small ding dings.

    Yes, I'm a bigot against bigots.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 24, 2014 11:39:48 AM

  8. Oh, my Lucky Charms!

    Posted by: Rad | Mar 24, 2014 11:43:03 AM

  9. "...want to believe that THERE are Russian folks who are sick of violent anti-Gay...."

    so busy thinking of my punch line that I forgot the "there, their and they're"

    Please forgive me. Bigots make me grammatically challenged.

    So THERE.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 24, 2014 11:48:15 AM

  10. Thank you Ivan! We've updated the post to include the video.

    Posted by: Daniel Villarreal | Mar 24, 2014 11:53:45 AM

  11. and we can thank American Scott Lively for this.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 24, 2014 12:02:23 PM

  12. Why anyone anywhere would want to go to or support Russia anything is beyond me. Sick people.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 24, 2014 12:02:48 PM

  13. Russian homophobia has been fully operative long before Lively got there, Kiwi. It is a very sad place -- whether you're gay or straight.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 24, 2014 12:07:09 PM

  14. Russian homophobia has been fully operative long before Lively got there, Kiwi. It is a very sad place -- whether you're gay or straight.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 24, 2014 12:07:10 PM

  15. Kranbee, here's how I see it: It's the tip of an iceberg. If non-gays percieved as gay are getting beaten up in a public place - maybe Russia has a bigger problem with homophobes and hooligans than they are acknowledging. They aren't doing anything about the problem, but denying homophobia is a problem. According to polls, 70% of russians support the anti-gay propaganda laws. 42% want homosexuality to be a crime. The majority of russians are homophobes. Stop denying it.

    Posted by: Kev C | Mar 24, 2014 12:11:23 PM

  16. @kranbree - Keep in mind that the Federation Council (the Russian Senate) passed this overwhelmingly, and the Duma (the Russian House of Representatives) passed this unanimously. All of the parties with federal representation have issued statements giving the law their firm support. Currently, 15 member states of the Russian Federation have similar laws, with several going even farther than the federal law.

    The Russian Orthodox Church, whose membership makes up a plurality of Russian citizens, pushed *hard* for this legislation, and have been quite active in instigating hate crimes. Most Russian Muslim associations have also been vocal in their support of the laws, as have most of the Protestant denominations with a presence in that country.

    At what point should we NOT blame the country as a whole?

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Mar 24, 2014 12:14:17 PM

  17. F Russia!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Mar 24, 2014 12:24:16 PM

  18. Cowardly savages, fueled by drugs, vodka, neo-nazi gangs and the policies and rhetoric of their own despicable government.

    Posted by: danswon | Mar 24, 2014 12:26:21 PM

  19. Good. Let them devour themselves in pursuit of their hatred.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 24, 2014 1:09:13 PM

  20. Russia is disgusting.

    Posted by: reality | Mar 24, 2014 1:13:40 PM

  21. Hey Little Kiwi, you're always talking about how brave and out you are. How you are proudly "queer" and all and how everyone else is a coward if they don't use their real name. Pretty easy to be brave in Toronto, strutting around like a bald peacock with your Harvey Milk tattoo.

    So when are you going to Russia to show queer solidarity on the streets of Moscow? Huh? When is the flight, hot shot?

    Posted by: Dillon | Mar 24, 2014 2:21:08 PM

  22. They were also attacked by a giant plastic star and three huge dice that rolled sixes.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 24, 2014 2:27:07 PM

  23. Rick, you can't ridicule others for being out and proud when you continue to post anonymous hate on this site under numerous different usernames, in this case under the name Dillon.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 24, 2014 3:36:44 PM

  24. I am not Rick. But you Tyler are very obviously one and the same as Kiwi, aka, Raymond Miller. So why won't you go to Russia, Ray? Are you scaaared?

    Posted by: Dillon | Mar 24, 2014 4:00:20 PM

  25. Russia is a cesspool of nation.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Mar 24, 2014 4:16:36 PM

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