#1 By: Xeni Jardin, August 15th, 2013 19:31
#2 By: Épinards & Caramel, August 15th, 2013 19:36
People protesting the anti-gay laws in Russia really have balls.
Well, or ovaries I guess. I mean it takes guts. Courage.
#3 By: Anthony I, August 15th, 2013 19:52
Is Omoh actually a name for that part of the world?? I'm guessing not...
#4 By: Josh Bowab, August 15th, 2013 19:54
If their patches don't say Homo, their precious baby blue tankinis certainly do.
#5 By: Preston, August 15th, 2013 19:59
Not sure if the guys in the striped shirts are military, paramilitary thugs, or just yobs wearing surplus.
A telnyashka (Russian: тельня́шка, IPA: [tʲɪlʲˈnʲæʂkə]) is a dark
color and white striped, sleeveless or not, undershirt, which is an
iconic uniform of the Russian Navy, the Russian Airborne Troops (VDV)
and the Russian Naval Infantry (marines), initially by Soviet
predecessors of these troops. It has been a symbol of great military
pride for those who wear it gradually becoming a broader symbol of
masculinity and self-confidence. (wikipedia)
#6 By: Michael S, August 15th, 2013 19:59
Definitely looks like it here, with the image flipped -- http://imgur.com/wL8Uvj4
#8 By: Jonathan Roberts, August 15th, 2013 20:18
They're OMON special forces and are part of the police system. This was their first ever meet-the-press event, organized to change the special force's image from brutal and incompetent to professional and deadly. Filmed on May 10th, 2007 at OMON's restricted training compound on the outskirts of Moscow.
#9 By: Johnmccard, August 15th, 2013 20:34
I was curious as to this patch when I saw this a few weeks back. Clears that up. I've also seen pics of Russian hooligans beating up presumable gay people in Russian and they are giving a thumbs up but the thumb is bent. I can think of a few obvious meanings to this but does anyone know about this?
#10 By: Mister44, August 15th, 2013 20:39
Heh. I've been in on this joke for a few years now. Lots of pics out there if you look. I do like the grey tiger stripe look.
#11 By: daneel, August 15th, 2013 20:46
I'd just like to say fuck you, Yelena Isinbayeva.
What the hell? I hope her lucrative invites to major athletics meets dry up.
#12 By: Stephen Frost, August 15th, 2013 20:56
Then I suggest you contact the sports shoe/wear companies that sponsor her and make your letters of protest public.
#13 By: Juan Rudametkin, August 15th, 2013 21:21
I wouldn't hold it above the Murdoch Networks and the Limbaughs to digitally tweak the images and display them as evidence that them thar librul states now have a gay police enforcing the gay agenda.
#14 By: Phasma Felis, August 15th, 2013 21:24
What...what's happening here? "LOL, this guy's badge looks like HOMO" is a Boing Boing post? I'm not on 4chan by mistake?
If you're trying to raise awareness about Russian police thugs, maybe you could just, y'know, do that.
#15 By: Kristians Šics, August 15th, 2013 21:49
Perhaps I am not very keen in Latin, but I think "homo" means "man"
#16 By: Invictus, August 15th, 2013 22:35
And it means absolutely nothing meaningful in Russian, since the word for "homosexual" and any slurs derived from it do not particularly resemble "homo."
#17 By: bzishi, August 16th, 2013 01:15
Settle down. Sometimes the way people deal with injustice is humor. This is a lost-in-translation event which looks really ironic to Westerners (the flamboyantly dressed paratrooper attacking gay rights activists while cops with "HOMO" labels watch). It obviously has no irony at all to Russians. But I would like to think that if the gay rights protesters knew how ridiculous this looked to much of the world, they would see the humor.
#18 By: teapot, August 16th, 2013 01:53
Seriously.... hats off to these dudes/dudets!
#19 By: teapot, August 16th, 2013 01:54
Wikipedia is awesome and free.
ОМОН—Отряд мобильный особого назначения
#20 By: teapot, August 16th, 2013 01:56
Nothing brings levity to homosexuals being systematically mistreated like jokes about fashion!
#21 By: Preston, August 16th, 2013 01:57
Note all the smoke from the guns - typical filthy Russian ammo. But it's cheap and it goes bang.
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