Meanwhile, In Russia



Defiance, pride and and mistaken identity.

Interfax News Agency reports that the fight broke out at a mall in Irkutsk [Siberia] on Sunday evening, after members of Easy School held a St Patrick’s day-themed flash mob.
A police spokesperson said: “Some youths came up to them and expressed displeasure at the proceedings. A conflict took place that grew into a fight on the square outside the mall.
“The Easy School members were wearing historic costumes, particularly kilts and their opponents mistook them for representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation.”



Russia: Thugs attack members of St Patrick’s Day flash mob mistaking them for gay activists (Pink News)

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19 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Russia

  1. Jim Computer

    Wow, blokes dancing in kilts in Russia getting mistaken for being Gay and being beaten up?
    -Who would’ve expected that?

    That wouldn’t happen in Kerry, or Sligo, or Temple Bar etc…

  2. JimmymacGringle

    I think there’s a clause Dev put in the constitution about us having to invade Russia now…….sigh

  3. Ms Piggy

    erm…at 0.07, before anything with the flashmob has kicked off, watch the revolving doors and see a large man in a black suit drag out a youngster (probably male, but not sure) in a white tee-shirt, apparently by his ear. Really, life in Russia just looks so damned appealing, doesn’t it?

  4. Just sayin'

    The Russians are such a backward awful people. Putin actually counts as a moderate progressive in that country.

  5. Banjo

    Kilts are SCOTTISH. So are bagpipes.. Usually Americans are the worst for this, maybe I’ll decide to dress up as a Spanish man and wear a beret and a stripey t shirt. Close enough right?
    Obviously.. Petty personal annoyance aside,
    This is awful, and the situation and attitude toward LGBT persons on Russia is unbelievable and it feels like we’re living in the Middle Ages..

    1. Formerly known as

      Where are banjos from?

      From Wikipedia:
      Bagpipes are a class of musical instrument, aerophones, using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag. Though the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipe and Irish uilleann pipes have the greatest international visibility, bagpipes have been played for centuries throughout large parts of Europe, the Caucasus, around the Persian Gulf and in Northern Africa.

      1. Jess

        Banjo’s originated in the southern states of america and were made by african slaves based on similar gourded instruments from about the Niger delta.

        Highland pipes are identical to the Irish war pipes they are based on. Albrect Durer has depictions of Irish pipers. The uilleann pipes came about in the early 19th century but the warpipes were still the more popular by the time the Irish came settled in America. Hence why they are associated with Ireland. So bagpipes as we know them were in ireland before scotland, but they are common in a lot of cultures.

        I believe the first reference to the kilt is a donegal O’Donnell in the 15th century, but its not taken as an origin

        1. Banjo

          I am well aware of tartan being used in some form or another in traditional irish dress, kilts as we know them were more likely to be long knee length tunics, or cloaks wrapped around the body and fastened with a pin at the shoulder…
          As for the warpipes.. They have evolved into the uileann pipes, and if the people of America who choose to celebrate st Patricks day by dressing in said manner, are doing so by honouring the supposed roots or bygone instances of these items then fair play, and maybe they have more knowledge and fervour for the occasion than any irish person..
          But it’s more likely they’ve got it wrong.

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