Okay, he's another thing: Getting a telnyashka and some camo pants is very easy in Russia. I am certain that far from all the guys celebrating paratroopers day have ever been in the VDV. I submit that it's quite possible even that a majority weren't. Certainly I find it difficult to imagine that a majority of these fellows are legit. The ones surrounding the gay activist in his leather jacket may well be entirely real however as is supported by Mark's argument that due to high viewership they'd have been identified as fake if they were fake. Re-Stephen Fry. Amused that he cited Peter the Great as an example for Russia to follow on policy on homosexuality. What he probably doesn't know is that he was the first Russian leader to formally criminalize buggery LOL. Anyway, it's a curious fact that up until the 1970s or so, the criminalization of sodomy was actually deemed the civilized thing to do (only literally in the past few years has it became a major marker of a society's "progressiveness"). It was considered that only "barbarous" peoples permitted and engaged in it. IIRC, a lot of the statutes against it in places like Africa are actually relics of British influence. Too bad that the UK has "moved on" just as places like Uganda are "catching up" to where it was... a half-century ago.