Russian gold-medal athletes kiss in protest of anti-gay laws

Two female runners took a stand on the medal stand against homophobic propaganda laws

By Natasha Lennard

Published August 18, 2013 8:42PM (EDT)


Two female Russian runners, having won a world championship as a part of the 4x400m relay team, took to the medal stand and kissed on the lips in Moscow in protest of Russia's harsh anti-gay law.

Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firov locked lips in what is being read as defiance of legislation which makes illegal (on pain of penalties) talking about homosexuality in front of children.

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