U.S. State Department Issues Travel Alert For Folks Heading To The Sochi Olympics
Thinking about heading to Sochi, Russia to take part in the controversial Winter Olympics celebrations? You might want to take heed of a new travel advisory put forward Wednesday by the U.S. State Department.
It reads, in part:
In June 2013, Russia's State Duma passed a law banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors. The U.S. government understands that this law applies to both Russian citizens and foreigners in Russia. Russian citizens found guilty of violating the law could face a fine of up to 100,000 rubles ($3,100). Foreign citizens face similar fines, up to 14 days in jail, and deportation. The law makes it a crime to promote LGBT equality in public, but lacks concrete legal definitions for key terms. Russian authorities have indicated a broad interpretation of what constitutes 'LGBT propaganda,' and provided vague guidance as to which actions will be interpreted by authorities as 'LGBT propaganda.'