Russia's Anti-Gay Propaganda Lawmaker Crashes Queer Film Festival, Assaults Guests
Russian lawmaker, Vitaly Milonov (pictured), the author of Russia's ban on gay propaganda bill crashed the Russian LGBT film festival QueerFest on Thursday and assaulted attendees with his entourage.
The author of Russia's gay gag law arrived at an LGBT festival yesterday to harass guests
The homophobic United Russia city parliament deputy Vitaly Milonov reportedly arrived with an entourage of five to six people calling guests 'animals, 'un-Russian' and 'faggots', according to QueerFest organizers,
The Russian lawmaker, who co-sponsored the 'non-traditional
According to organizers, Milonov and his group also shoved around two guests, slapping them in the face.
After Milonov and his group started attacking guests, police reportedly arrived shortly after, harassing venue owners to show ownership papers.
In its fifth year, QueerFest gives Russian LGBTs the opportunity to take a visible stand against homophobia.
This is government sanctioned harassment and assault. They're not even bothering to pretend that this is some effort to prevent LGBT "propaganda" from reaching children.
Government officials are simply attacking gays verbally and physically--because they can.
Will this only continue to escalate?