Originally Posted by superstition
It's not a big deal there. In fact, men used to kiss each other on the lips in Russia. I've seen old Soviet footage. It was also done at a Davis cup match and Tursunov was embarrassed because we knew how it would be taken due to the spreading influence of American/British attitudes.
It's ironic that Russia used to be a place where men would kiss but now they're one of the most ridiculously anti-gay cultures. It's OK to express affection, apparently, as long as there is no desire attached.
and what exactly is wrong with such behaviour?
showing affection is a natural human instinct, which has nothing to do with sexual urges or orientation