A shocking video recently shot by Russian YouTube prank artists ChebuRussiaTV reveals what it really means to be gay in Russia. Two of the pranksters secretly filmed themselves walking hand-in-hand through Moscow, while their cameraman walked ahead filming them secretly. What transpired was truly horrifying as the couple was verbally abused and physically assaulted twice by aggressive Russian men.
A warning to those sensitive to this type of thing – it really is not pleasant:
This vile behavior should come as no surprise given homophobia has basically been written into law in Russia. Two years ago Vladimir Putin introduced an anti-propaganda bill that included fines of up to 5,000 rubles ($156) for people who citizens who spread information aimed at minors “directed at forming nontraditional sexual setup.” The ludicrous bill also stipulates that as well as harsh fines, foreigners face arrest and up to 15 days in prison, plus eventual deportation.
In response to the civilized world’s horrified reaction to Russia’s homophobia, Putin assured the gay community: “You can feel relaxed and calm [in Russia], but leave children alone please.”
As you can see from the video above, even in a metropolitan are like Moscow, gay people certainly cannot feel relaxed in Russia.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.