Earlier this month, two men from YouTube group ChebuRussia filmed themselves walking around Moscow holding hands.
Last week, Zorayn Kis and his partner Tymur Levchuk from online magazine Bird in Flight decided to re-create the video, this time in Kyiv, Ukraine.
At first, some people recognized the stunt and were supportive.
Others were surprised.
The pair decided to continue the experiment by sitting on each other's lap in a busy street.
Eugene Safonov, editor-in-chief of Bird In Flight, said he instructed Levchuk to sit on Kis's lap. "Some people were surprised and turned their heads, some chuckled, but there was no aggression," Safonov told BuzzFeed News.
At that point, they were approached by what Kis describes in the video as "10–15 very young neo-Nazi or extreme-right men."
The gang appeared to be engaging the couple in conversation at first.
But it seems that the group were only waiting for police to pass. One of the men who approached them was holding a can of pepper spray behind his back.
The couple were then briefly attacked before the young men were chased away.
Safonov said that although Kis and Levchuk were attacked, "our experiment demonstrated that such idiots can be counted on one hand."
You can watch the full video of the experiment below.
Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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