The author of St. Petersburg, Russia's infamous ban on public displays of so-called "gay propaganda" -- which served as the model for the national ban Vladimir Putin signed this summer -- planted himself outside an LGBT film festival with a group of friends, shouted homophobic slurs, and physically attacked at least two guests, local LGBT group Coming Out reports.
From the group's press release:
"[At] the entrance to the building, the visitors were met with the now world-infamous author of the St. Petersburg "propaganda of lesbianism, sodomy, bisexuality, and transgenderism" law, United Russia city parliament deputy Vitaly Milonov. Milonov, together with 5-6 of his companions, verbally insulted the guests, calling them 'un-Russian,' 'faggots,' and 'animals.' Two of the visitors were physically attacked, shoved, and slapped in the face, but no major injuries were incurred.
"In the middle of the ceremony, the police arrived, most probably called in by the Milonov team. Finding no cause for action and everything in order, the police tried to intimidate the venue owners into presenting ownership papers, but lacking grounds for doing so, had to back down."