36 Photos From Russia That Everyone Needs To See – It’s a scary place for LGBT people in Russia right now.

1. St. Petersburg Gay Pride, 2013:

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3. What began as a peaceful march…

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4. …ended up turning incredibly violent as anti-gay protesters overtook the rally.

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5. A gay rights supporter is beaten to the ground.

A gay rights supporter is beaten to the ground.

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6. Smoke bombs are set off.

Smoke bombs are set off.

Image by Evgeny Feldman / AP

7. Chaos ensues.

Chaos ensues.

Image by Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

8. A woman runs from the crowd.

A woman runs from the crowd.

Image by Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

9. Two men flee…

Two men flee...

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10. …but are eventually detained.

...but are eventually detained.

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11. In the end, police officers detained several of the gay activists.

In the end, police officers detained several of the gay activists.

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12. The 2012 parade ended the same way.

The 2012 parade ended the same way.

An anti-gay protester clashes with a gay rights activist.

Image by ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK / Reuters

13. That event was also overrun by anti-gay protesters.

That event was also overrun by anti-gay protesters.

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15. Moscow, May 2013:

Moscow, May 2013:

An unknown anti-gay activist hits Russian gay and LGBT rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev during an unauthorized gay rights activists rally in central Moscow.

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16. An unauthorized protest turns violent.

An unauthorized protest turns violent.

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17. Gay activists end up being detained.

Gay activists end up being detained.

The sign says, “Love is stronger than homophobia.”

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18. The 2012 Moscow gay pride was filled with more of the same…

The 2012 Moscow gay pride was filled with more of the same...

Image by Mikhail Metzel / AP

19. …more detained gay rights activists.

...more detained gay rights activists.

Image by Mikhail Metzel / AP

20. June 2013: Gay rights activists hold a kiss-in in Moscow.

June 2013: Gay rights activists hold a kiss-in in Moscow.

Image by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / Getty Images

21. The activists were protesting a new “gay propaganda” law. The law would introduce steep fines and jail terms for people who promote homosexual “propaganda” to minors.

The activists were protesting a new "gay propaganda" law. The law would introduce steep fines and jail terms for people who promote homosexual "propaganda" to minors.

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22. That event also ended violently.

That event also ended violently.

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23. Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists…

Russian police detained more than 20 gay rights activists...

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24. …as gay rights activists were pelted with rotten eggs.

...as gay rights activists were pelted with rotten eggs.

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26. The same thing happened at a “kissing protest” in January.

The same thing happened at a "kissing protest" in January.

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27. That event also turned bloody.

That event also turned bloody.

Image by ANDREY SMIRNOV / Getty Images

28. More violence.

More violence.

Image by Ivan Sekretarev / AP

29. An Orthodox activist pulls a gay rights campaigner’s hair.

An Orthodox activist pulls a gay rights campaigner's hair.

Image by Ivan Sekretarev / AP

30. Unknown assailants attack a gay rights activist.

Unknown assailants attack a gay rights activist.

Image by SERGEI KARPUKHIN / Reuters

31. Meanwhile, Russian lawmakers passed a bill barring same-sex foreign couples from adopting Russian children.

Meanwhile, Russian lawmakers passed a bill barring same-sex foreign couples from adopting Russian children.

Image by SERGEI KARPUKHIN / Reuters

32. The anti-gay propaganda bill became a law.

The anti-gay propaganda bill became a law.

33. And just this past week, four Dutch citizens were tried in Moscow for a “gay propaganda” crime.

And just this past week, four Dutch citizens were tried in Moscow for a “gay propaganda” crime.

34. Still, activists keep on fighting.

Still, activists keep on fighting.

This photo is from this year’s International Day Against Homophobia. This sign says, “I’m 17 years old. Government says I do not exist. Nazi say, I need to be killed, But I will live!”

Image by Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

35. This one says, “Homophobia kills!”

This one says, "Homophobia kills!"

Image by ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK / Reuters

36. And this one says, “Love is stronger than hate.”

And this one says, "Love is stronger than hate."

Image by ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK / Reuters

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