Two women flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg over the weekend realized they were seated near Vitaly Milonov, one of Russia’s most prominent anti-LGBT politicians.
The St. Petersburg city councilman has called reports of violence against LGBT people “fake,” led attacks against the LGBT community and engineered the local ban on “gay propaganda” that served as a model for Russia’s federal law.
“Yes, it was really Milonov! As fate would have it, he was sitting in the row right behind us. The whole flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Milonov said nothing to us. We staged the photoshoot in front of him, and he hid behind his tablet, when he realized. We’re all super happy. Him — probably not so much. But who cares!” the independent news site Meduza translated her post.