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This Is What Happens When You Raise A Rainbow Flag On "Paratrooper Day" In Russia

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Posted on August 2, 2013, at 4:54 p.m. ET

Gay rights activist Kirill Kalugin unfolded a pride flag reading "This is Tolerance Propaganda" on St. Petersburg's Dvortsovaya Square.

Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters

A group of paratroopers celebrating the annual "Paratrooper Day" holiday surrounded him and told him to leave.

Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

When Kalugin refused, the paratroopers started shoving him.

Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

Kalugin said that he recognized some of the men as nationalists who had previously attacked LGBT demonstrations in St. Petersburg while dressed as Cossacks.

ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK / Reuters

Police then detained Kalugin for his own safety.

ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK / Reuters

Paratroopers tried to keep attacking Kalugin.

Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

Two of them were arrested.

Dmitry Lovetsky / AP
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