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Russian bloggers walk hand-in-hand to gauge attitudes toward gays; met with threats, violence

  • Video bloggers Artyom Frantsuzov, left, and Yevgeny Babenko, speak during an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Frantsuzov and Babenko, neither of whom are gay, made a video that depicted them as a couple, filmed by a hidden camera in public places, as a 'social experiment' to demonstrate how Russians react to homosexuality in public. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Video bloggers Artyom Frantsuzov, left, and Yevgeny Babenko, speak during an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Frantsuzov and Babenko, neither of whom are gay, made a video that depicted them as a couple, filmed by a hidden camera in public places, as a 'social experiment' to demonstrate how Russians react to homosexuality in public. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Video bloggers Artyom Frantsuzov, left, and Yevgeny Babenko, prepare for an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Frantsuzov and Babenko, neither of whom are gay, made a video that depicted them as a couple, filmed by a hidden camera in public places, as a 'social experiment' to demonstrate how Russians react to homosexuality in public. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Video bloggers Artyom Frantsuzov, left, and Yevgeny Babenko, prepare for an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Frantsuzov and Babenko, neither of whom are gay, made a video that depicted them as a couple, filmed by a hidden camera in public places, as a 'social experiment' to demonstrate how Russians react to homosexuality in public. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Video bloggers Artyom Frantsuzov, second left, and Yevgeny Babenko, left, prepare for an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Frantsuzov and Babenko, neither of whom are gay, made a video that depicted them as a couple, filmed by a hidden camera in public places, as a 'social experiment' to demonstrate how Russians react to homosexuality in public. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Video bloggers Artyom Frantsuzov, second left, and Yevgeny Babenko, left, prepare for an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Frantsuzov and Babenko, neither of whom are gay, made a video that depicted them as a couple, filmed by a hidden camera in public places, as a 'social experiment' to demonstrate how Russians react to homosexuality in public. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

Two Russian bloggers say they were met with threats and violence when they walked through Moscow streets holding hands to gauge attitudes toward gays.

The men, who are straight and run a popular video blog, say they decided to use a hidden camera to record reactions in an "experiment" after a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize same-sex marriage.

The video shows the two young men being threatened, and one man tries to push them off the sidewalk.

Gays face widespread discrimination in Russia, which passed a law in 2013 imposing fines for spreading "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors.