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Man protesting Russia’s anti-gay law called ‘faggot,’ choked and pushed by former servicemen

Man protesting Russia’s anti-gay law called ‘faggot,’ choked and pushed by former servicemen

A gay rights activist was attacked in St. Petersburg today by a group of drunken former Russian servicemen.

Kirill Kalugin was conducting a solo protest against Russia’s anti-gay law in Palace Square when he was surrounded by the group who had gathered there to celebrate Russian Paratroopers Day.

The men began pushing Kalugin then formed a human chain around him. He was also called a ‘faggot’ at one point then pushed and choked.

Police arrived and were able to remove Kalugin from the scene without his being seriously injured.

According to the translation of a video on AnimalNewYork.com, Kalugin is asked: ‘What are you doing here on Airborne Army Day?’

He replied: ‘I am picketing.’

The protester is then told: ‘Well, we do not agree with this and ask you to stop this sort of action and your one-man picket.’

They begin to push him around and Kalugin falls. He is visibly frightened as the soldiers form a chain around him and began to chant, smacking their fists into their palms.

Police soon arrive and attempt to drag Kalugin out of the circle. The group try and block the police and their leader yells: ‘What the fuck were you thinking, showing up at the Palace Square, faggot?’

Kalugin manages to say in a rasp: ‘You guys are animals’ as a soldier begins choking him and shaking him by his neck.

They continue to fight the police with punches and shoves then circle the police vehicle saying: ‘We’re not going to let them fucking move anywhere.’

Russian special forces arrive then arrive and begin to put the attackers into detention buses.

Russian Paratroopers Day is an annual holiday for the Russian airborne troops that has been celebrated since the Soviet era days.