Putin: Gays must 'leave children in peace'
2014 Sochi Olympics -- Gays must 'leave children in peace,' Vladimir Putin says - ESPN
SOCHI, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin sought Friday to reassure gay visitors to the Sochi Olympics that they are welcome in Russia but said they must "leave the children in peace."
Responding to a question from an Olympics volunteer during a visit in the Black Sea resort city, Putin vowed that gays face no discrimination in Russia and could feel "at ease."
But he emphasized that because of a Russian law banning gay "propaganda" among minors, they cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone under age.
And in case anyone wants to protest this law
"We aren't banning anything, we aren't rounding up anyone, we have no criminal punishment for such relations, unlike many other countries," he said. "One can feel relaxed and at ease, but please leave the children in peace."
In the wake of the international outcry against the bill, Russian authorities have put limits on the right to protest during the Sochi Games, which run Feb. 7-23. A presidential decree initially banned all rallies in Sochi from Jan. 7 to March 21, but Putin later rescinded the ban to allow demonstrations at venues determined by the Interior Ministry.
I am surprised by this. This is going to get a lot of negative media and Putin is not going to come out of this well. If anything this is going to encourage some protester or activist to go there and preach to the children of his country about equality to get arrested and receive more attention for this cause. Not smart Putin.
Last edited by Kreton; 01-17-14 at 07:53 PM.
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