A Russian gay man was brutally attacked during an IDAHOT protest earlier today (17 May).
Alexander Ermoshkin, along with several others, attempted to hold a 'Rainbow Over Cupid' event. They were hoping to release a rainbow of balloons over the city of Khabarovsk to fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
But as soon as they were preparing to fill the balloons, two males approached the group from behind.
Grabbing one of the gas canisters, they bashed Ermoshkin on the back of his head. He fell immediately to the ground, unconscious.