- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lesbian activists who happened to be seated on a plane in front of Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov decided to photograph themselves kissing and poking fun at the man behind Russia’s controversial anti-gay propaganda law.

A viral photo of the encounter showed Mr. Milonov, who was reportedly on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg, looking down at something in his lap and two blonde-haired women kissing in the row in front of him.

Ksenia Infinity, one of the women in the photo, posted on her Vkontakte page (Russia’s version of Facebook) that “as fate would have it, he was sitting in the row behind us,” CNN reported.

“Milonov didn’t say anything,” she wrote. “We did a photoshoot with him in the background. When he noticed what we were doing he hid behind his tablet computer. We are very happy. He probably isn’t. But who cares!”

Ms. Infinity told CNN that she was “delighted by the positive global reaction” to the photo after it went viral on social media.

Mr. Milonov was the driving force behind a Russian law that bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.” He is currently working on legislation that would ban marriages in Russia between transgender couples, CNN reported.

Mr. Milonov insisted to CNN that he is “tolerant towards all sexual minorities.”

“This shows that these people are not of a normal sexual orientation, but that their sexual deviance shows in all aspects of their lives,” he said of the plane encounter.

“I didn’t understand what they are doing, but they have a nice sense of humor. I also have a good sense of humor. I will perhaps continue this joke by closing their gay club in St. Petersburg, or ban them from having meetings in public places. That’s also a funny step,” Mr. Milonov said.

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