Well, not just gays were assaulted. Where I grew up the fat kids were most subjected to assault, and this was before everyone was fully aware of the idea of homosexuality here. Fat kids were beaten up left and right, for being fat and easy. Then the "sissies". But always fat kids (boys and girls) before all others. I'm not being an apologist for the Russian government or anything. I think it's well reactionary what Putin wants to do to the gays, among others. But I'm also a bit sick of the notion that LGBT groups are the only ones discriminated in this society. Things are more complicated than that. It's tough life. Many people are discriminated in more subtle ways than sexual orientation (looks for one, which goes a long way and is absolutely a no opener, and gays are among the worst offenders on that.) So deal with it.