Russian athletes Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova have shared a kiss on the winner’s podium after the pair won the women’s 4 x 400 metres relay gold medal on the weekend at the World Althetics Championships in Moscow.

Whilst Russian officials claim that the two athletes where simply exchanging a congratulatory kiss, social media went into meltdown claiming that the kiss was a protest against the harsh Russian laws that ban gay and lesbian ‘propaganda’.

Neither runner has commented publicly.

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