This Is What Happens When You Raise A Rainbow Flag On “Paratrooper Day” In Russia

1. Gay rights activist Kirill Kalugin unfolded a pride flag reading “This is Tolerance Propaganda” on St. Petersburg’s Dvortsovaya Square.

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2. A group of paratroopers celebrating the annual “Paratrooper Day” holiday surrounded him and told him to leave.

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3. When Kalugin refused, the paratroopers started shoving him.

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4. Kalugin said that he recognized some of the men as nationalists who had previously attacked LGBT demonstrations in St. Petersburg while dressed as Cossacks.

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5. Police then detained Kalugin for his own safety.

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6. Paratroopers tried to keep attacking Kalugin.

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7. Two of them were arrested.

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10. Here’s the full video.

Via fontanka.ru

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