Gay Russian protesters attacked, police do nothing (video)

As is typical with the Russian authorities, note how they do nothing at all to the guy who walks up and basically punches a gay protester in the face with a pie.  This wasn’t just a pie in the face, it was a punch in the face.  And the police do nothing in response except take the protester to jail. (Video below.)

The National Cathedral of St. Petersburg posted the video, and called the protester, from the Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality, a “foreign agent.” That’s a cute term the Russians, like their Soviet predecessors, like to use for anyone who’s in favor of human rights. The Cathedral also called the protester a “pervert.”

In a separate incident, activists from the same pro-gay group were attacked while, again, police nearby did nothing.

Here is the protester, Danya Grachev, right before he was punched in the face with the pie (you have to watch the video, below, it was a punch).

Danya Grachev of the Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality protesting St. Petersburg moments before being attacked.

Danya Grachev of the Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality protesting St. Petersburg moments before being attacked.

This is the same young man who joined a group of young Russians in holding a nationwide event earlier this week in which they thanked the international community for coming to the aid of Russia’s embattled LGBT community.  Here was Danya’s photo that I posted in that earlier story:

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