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Gay rumors fly about two Russian pro soccer players Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev

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Russian professional soccer players Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev have turned some heads after some ... interesting ... photos surfaced from their holiday vacation in Miami. Soccer fans from Europe to the U.S. have taken to the Internet questioning if these two young athletes are a couple. I know if I were gay in Russia I'd probably head to Miami for a break with my boyfriend. And if I were straight in Russia... I probably wouldn't be caught on instagram in a bubble bath and kissing my friend.

Still, as Eric Anderson has chronicled for a couple years now, this kind of affection between friends seems to be taking hold among guys in their teens and 20s. So while the photos may look like a gay couple on a winter vacation, it might just be two buddies hitting South Beach together in search of some hot chicks.

And if they boys are a couple, with the anti-gay policies of Russia, and the recent controversy about Russian fans not wanting gay soccer players, chances are slim they'll ever say so.

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Hat tip to Andy H.