This is what it's really like to be gay in Russia

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While the U.S. has a lot of celebrating to do with our recent legalization of gay marriage, it's hard to believe just how hostile things are for same-sex couples in Russia. As is illustrated in the above video, homosexual relationships are stigmatized by most of the population.

So ChebuRussiaTV wanted to do an experiment. They took to the streets of Moscow, Russia to see how the public would react to two gay men holding hands.

The video was taken by a hidden camera in a backpack in front of the men, who bravely walked down the Moscow streets holding hands. It was posted by ChebuRussiaTV on July 12. As of today, just 2 days later, the video was garnered over 3.5 million views!

Before watching the video, it helps to understand a bit of background first.​ In 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual orientation." Essentially, this is indirect way of putting a "ban" on same-sex couples.


Watch the video and see for yourself. Warning, it may hurt your soul:




Unlike Russian society, there are many countries that celebrate gay rights with fabulous pride parades:
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Charlie Gurion, left, kisses David Wirk at the 45th Annual Chicago Pride Parade during the parade on Broadway Street in Chicago, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The event, the first since Illinois' law allowing same-sex marriage went into effect, has 200 registered entrants, with about 1 million expected to participate. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Kent Chua poses for pictures at the start of the Gay Pride Parade in New York, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Fifth Avenue became one big rainbow on Sunday, as thousands of participants waving multicolored flags made their way down the street for New York City's annual Gay Pride march. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Men kiss under a rainbow umbrella during a gay pride parade in Lima, Peru, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Gays, lesbians and transgenders are holding gay pride parades worldwide this month as part of annual demonstrations demanding equal rights and to protest discrimination. (AP Photo/Sebastian Castaneda)
A man wears a costume during Mexico City's annual gay pride parade, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Thousands of people supporting the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders marched through the streets of central Mexico City Saturday, many waving rainbow flags or wearing intricate costumes. Gay marriage is legal within Mexico City. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Men wear costumes during Mexico City's annual gay pride parade, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Thousands of people supporting the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders marched through the streets of central Mexico City Saturday, many waving rainbow flags or wearing intricate costumes. Gay marriage is legal within Mexico City. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HILTON HOTELS & RESORTS - Drag Queen, Ba'Naka, helps festival goers showcase their support of the LGBT community at WorldPride on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Hilton Hotels & Resorts helps set the stage to celebrate National LGBT Pride Month as the Official Hotel Partner of WorldPride 2014 Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision for Hilton Hotels & Resorts/AP Images)
A man carries a heart that reads in Spanish "Love and let love" at a gay pride parade in Lima, Peru, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Gays, lesbians and transgenders are holding gay pride parades worldwide this month as part of annual demonstrations demanding equal rights and to protest discrimination. (AP Photo/Sebastian Castaneda)
Revelers parade during the annual Gay Pride march in Paris, France, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A group of families wait for the start of the 44th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 29, 2014, in San Francisco. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender celebration and parade is one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the nation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
People lining Market Street watch the 44th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 29, 2014, in San Francisco. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender celebration and parade is one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the nation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
LeMay, left, dressed as Lime A Rita and Darcy Drollinger, right, dressed as Mang O Rita, wait by their float for the start of the 44th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 29, 2014, in San Francisco. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender celebration and parade is one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the nation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Norman, a Basset Hound, watches the 44th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade Sunday, June 29, 2014, in San Francisco. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender celebration and parade is one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the nation. Norman is owned by Ty and Theresa Strickland of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Cyon Flare attends the 45th Annual Chicago Pride Parade during the parade on Broadway Street in Chicago, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The event, the first since Illinois' law allowing same-sex marriage went into effect, has 200 registered entrants, with about 1 million expected to participate. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
A person in costume holds a gay pride flag at the start of Mexico City's annual gay pride parade, Saturday, June 28, 2014. Thousands of people supporting the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders marched through the streets of central Mexico City Saturday, many waving rainbow flags or wearing intricate costumes. Gay marriage is legal within Mexico City. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Revelers parade during the annual Gay Pride march in Paris, France, Saturday, June 28, 2014. President Barack Obama's administration that launched the push to make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights an international issue, has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn't been won at home. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Revelers parade during the annual Gay Pride march in Paris, France, Saturday, June 28, 2014. President Barack Obama's administration that launched the push to make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights an international issue, has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn't been won at home. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, greets spectators at the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine. Gay rights activists around the country are eyeing the Maine's governor's race as a chance to make history. Michaud would become the first openly gay candidate to become governor if he unseats vulnerable Republican Gov. Paul LePage in November. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
People dance on a parade float during the annual Pride Day Parade, Sunday June 8, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
People carry a large gay pride flag during the Salt Lake City’s annual gay pride parade Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Utah Pride Festival organizers say they expect this year's parade to be one of the biggest and most vibrant ever as gays and lesbians march for the first time since a federal judge overturned the state's same-sex marriage ban in December. That ruling is on hold, pending a decision from a federal appeals court. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A man with a flag dances during a first gay pride parade in downtown Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Several thousand people have turned out for Cyprus' first gay pride parade, an event which organizers say show that Cypriots are shedding their conservative views. One of the organizers, Costas Gavrielides, said he had initially hoped for just a few hundred people to attend the event in the heart of the capital Nicosia on Saturday. Gavrielides urged lawmakers to pass legislation to protect gay rights, including a civil partnership law. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
People dance during the annual gay pride in Brussels, Saturday May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
Marchers wave a giant pride banner at the start of a parade marking the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 10, 2014. International Day Against Homophobia is celebrated globally on May 17 commemorating the World Health Organization's declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
A reveler sings during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 4, 2014. Gay rights advocates are calling for a Brazilian law against discrimination as they gather by the hundreds of thousands in Sao Paulo for one of the world's largest gay pride parades. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Participants carry a rainbow flag as thousands march during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, May 4, 2014. Gay rights advocates are calling for a Brazilian law against discrimination as they gather by the hundreds of thousands in Sao Paulo for one of the world's largest gay pride parades. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Shanaya Bright poses for photos, Sunday, April 13,2014, before the Miami Beach, Fla. Pride Parade. Miami Beach Gay Pride is an two-day event that features a beach party and a festival and parade with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area. Coming into its sixth year, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown into the largest, two-day event of the entire year in Miami Beach. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Participants march as they walk under a rainbow flag, a symbol of the gay rights movement, during a gay rally in Hong Kong Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Organizers say thousands of people are taking part in the annual Gay Pride Parade including representatives from more than 50 organizations as well as participants from the mainland and Taiwan, according to government radio. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A person in costume gestures to the camera during the annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Argentina was the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, and in 2012 Congress approved the Argentina Gender Identity Law, enabling people to change their names and sexes on official documents without first getting approval from a judge or doctor. No other country in the world allows people to change their official identities based on how they feel. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Participants carry a rainbow flag, a symbol of the gay rights movement, during a gay rally in Hong Kong Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Organizers say thousands of people are taking part in the annual Gay Pride Parade including representatives from more than 50 organizations as well as participants from the mainland and Taiwan, according to government radio. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Participants march during a gay rally in Hong Kong Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Organizers say thousands of people are taking part in the annual Gay Pride Parade including representatives from more than 50 organizations as well as participants from the mainland and Taiwan, according to government radio. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Attendees of the 11th LGBT pride parade participate with a rainbow float in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. This year, the Taiwan LGBT Pride group launched the annual parade with the theme of “Make LGBT Visible 2.0-- The Voice of Sexual Sufferer.” (AP Photo/Lin Jui-ching)
A person poses for a photo during the annual Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community and their supporters from across India participate in a pride walk in Surat in Gujarat state, India, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. The walk was organized for the first time in the Gujarat state demanding social acceptance and equal rights. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
A participant holds an umbrella with rainbow colors as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community and their supporters from across India participate in a pride walk in Surat in Gujarat state, India, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. The walk was organized for the first time in the Gujarat state demanding social acceptance and equal rights. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
A participant waves a rainbow flag during the annual Canal Parade at Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, Saturday Aug. 3, 2013. Rainbow flags are flying from scores of buildings as tens of thousands of festival-goers, many dressed in pink or wearing studded leather, party it up at one of the city's biggest events: the annual Gay Pride celebration. (AP Photo/Margriet Faber)
Israelis kiss during the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israelis march in the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Participants in a gay pride parade march in downtown Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, July 27, 2013. A group of protesters tried to disrupt Lithuania's second gay pride parade ever on Saturday, defying an enormous police presence by throwing eggs at marchers and attempting to storm a stage. Several hundred gay rights activists took to the grand main street of Vilnius to show their pride, waving lithuanian and rainbow-colored flags. (AP Photo/Augustas Didzgalvis)
A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights activist watches as he participates in the Rainbow Pride Walk to protest against violence on women and sexual minorities in Kolkata, India, Sunday, July 7, 2013. A landmark court ruling decriminalized homosexuality on July 2, 2009, marking the gradual acceptance of gays in the deeply conservative country. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Greater Fort Lauderdale swimsuit models pose with parade attendee at New York's Annual 2013 Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision for Greater Fort Lauderdale/AP Images)
Greater Fort Lauderdale made by-standers say "Hello Sunny" at New York's Annual 2013 Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision for Greater Fort Lauderdale/AP Images)
Participants walk down Andrassy Street under a giant rainbow coloured flag during the 18th Budapest Gay Pride March in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, July 6 2013. (AP Photo/MTI,Imre Foldi)
Revelers dance during the Gay Pride parade in Madrid, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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