Today, he says this was a mistake. For this reason, we definitely recommend using a VPN when travelling in Russia to access gay dating apps safely and anonymously.
In his opinion, identifying homophobia as a criminal motive is easy. Russia was the first destination we visited as a gay couple which had some form of anti-gay law in place.
The two main cities of the country, Moscow and St Petersburg, each have a thriving gay scene with a mix of bars, clubs, cruising parties and saunas. Behind the glass, he saw a group of men who had already attacked him once because he is gay.