Russia Confirms Anti-Gay Laws to Be Enforced During Sochi Winter Olympics

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Russia Confirms Anti-Gay Laws to Be Enforced During Sochi Winter Olympics (Photo credit: George Takei)

Russia’s Interior Ministry confirms that anti-gay laws will be enforced during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The controversial law, which President Vladimir Putin signed legislation in June , bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors.

The International Olympic Committee first claimed it had received assurances from top government officials that Sochi 2014 athletes and guests will not be affected, prompting Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko to insist no one is exempt from the law.

“The law enforcement agencies can have no qualms with people who harbor a nontraditional sexual orientation and do not commit such acts [to promote homosexuality to minors], do not conduct any kind of provocation and take part in the Olympics peacefully,” said an Interior Ministry statement issued on Monday.

It warned against this approach being mixed up with discrimination against gay people.

“Any discussion on violating the rights of representatives of nontraditional sexual orientations, stopping them from taking part in the Olympic Games or discrimination of athletes and guests of the Olympics according to their sexual orientation is totally unfounded and contrived,” the statement added. Source: RIA

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 Russia Confirms Anti Gay Laws to Be Enforced During Sochi Winter Olympics
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