03/19/2014 10:14 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Gays In Crimea Split On Referendum

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SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — It lasted about five minutes. Someone hit him in the back of the head, and he crumbled to the ground.

Around fifteen people swarmed him afterward, he recalled. They punched him in the face. But the worst part wasn't the pain — it was the humiliation.

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