Russia Confirms Anti-Gay Law WILL Be Enforced During Sochi Winter Olympics
Despite weeks of ambiguity, Russia has today confirmed that the government and authorities will indeed enforce a set of heinous anti-gay laws that punish being gay in public during the upcoming Olympics hosted in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.
From RIA, the Russian government's official news agency:
Russia's Interior Ministry, which controls the police force, confirmed Monday that the country's controversial anti-gay law will be enforced during the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Confusion has reigned over how the country intends to act during the February 7-23 Winter Games after President Vladimir Putin signed legislation in June that bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors. 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. The head of Russia's National Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov stated it plainly. "If a person does not put across his views in the presence of children, no measures against him can be taken," Zhukov said. "People of nontraditional sexual orientations can take part in the competitions and all other events at the Games unhindered, without any fear for their safety whatsoever."
Perhaps anticipation of today's announcement from Russian authorities is what lead the International Olympic Committee to confirm that it will punish athletes who show support of the LGBT community during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi?