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Yaroslav Yevtushenko with his boyfriend Dmitry Chunosov and  Elena Davydova and girlfriend Yana Petrovaat at St. Petersburg's registry office where, on 28 June 2013, five same sex couples attempted to officially submit applications to register their marriages. According to media reports all the submissions were rejected by the authorities. On 30 June 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law an ambiguous bill banning the 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors'. The law met with widespread condemnation from human rights and LGBT groups. (MANDATORY CREDIT   photo: Mads Nissen/Panos Pictures /Felix Features)