Former Russian Paratroopers Attack Gay Activist

August 2, 2013 13:08 ET

A lone gay activist was attacked by a group of former Russian paratroopers in St. Petersburg today, as revealed by a YouTube video and images released on Getty.

The video shows the ex-servicemen surrounding, seizing, and shoving Kirill Kalugin in Palace Square, as he stood alone carrying a rainbow flag, in a one-man protest against the country's recently passed ban on so-called "homosexual propaganda." The former pilots, clad in berets, fatigue pants, and blue-and-white-striped shirts, had gathered in the central city square to celebrate Russian Paratroopers Day, an annual celebration of the airborne force.

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