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Russian politician vows police will arrest all pro-gay protesters including Olympic athletes and spectators

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  1. Please, Boycott Italy. When it come to gay rights Italy is almost as bad as Russia.
    Anti-gay violence is common in Italy and the perpetrators are almost never convicted.
    Sorry for my English.

    1. Mihangel apYrs 30 Jul 2013, 12:52pm

      The EU has refined the art of overlooking certain things.

      Post scriptum:
      Your English is better than many English people’s.

    2. Godric Godricson 30 Jul 2013, 1:38pm

      Your English is fine! (From a native speaker)

  2. Mihangel apYrs 30 Jul 2013, 12:50pm

    Does this guy seriously think Putin will give up this PR victory to keep the bigots happy!?

    Remember hwo uncle Joe used to deal with disagreement….

  3. keith francis farrell 30 Jul 2013, 12:54pm

    just goes to show, he would rather loose the Olympics’ than give gay people equal rights. Let us give him his wish. put Russia out of the Olympics all together. Call for a change of venue now. or boycott all the sponsors. We do need to make sure our money is not spent on discrimination. It must be the same for the Commonwealth games. If a country has anti LGBT laws and guilty of homophobia, boycott them

    1. How I agree. What the hell are we competing in these games for? I remember when Apartheid was at its height-we used to refuse to send sporting teams to South Africa.

      Whats the difference???

      1. Homophobia and racism should be seen as equally wrong. Russia has effectively set up systematic persecution of its LGBT community and those with a conscience should act.

    2. I will be very saddened if the UK sends a team to this event. I think it needs to be moved. Not at the last minute but now, while the alternative host country has enough time to get things in order. Russia is in my mind band from coming to the games, band from humanity. send them back. every one, diplomats included. isolate Russia from the world. sure she can sell her oil and gas, but she cannot import anything at cheap prices.

  4. In some ways it’s preferable to some slimeball saying they’ll “guarantee” everyone’s rights just for the duration of the Olympics (one rule for visiting sportmen and those bringing loads of revenue into the country, another rule for its people).

    Right, so the only thing to do then is boycott the Games altogether.

    Only we know that that’s not going to happen, don’t we?

  5. Only a few days ago the IOC assured us the highest level of Russian government had guaranteed safety. Most likely more conflicting messages will come the coming months which only further tells us the situation can’t be trusted. The only way to get safe games is to relocate the event.

    And on top of that, even if things during the Olympics were safe, the average situation for the average Russian is not. How Russia could have ever be considered for the Games is beyond me (let’s be honest, there were more than enough other human right violations before the crackdown on queer folk). You’d almost think money may have been a deciding factor, rather than olympic values…

    1. “How Russia could have ever be considered for the Games is beyond me” – I share your disbelief that Russia was awarded an Olympic Games. However, the Olympic Games has been a corrupt organisation for some time – its ruling committee is influenced by crooked governments. They even gave China an Olympic Games! The soccer World Cup is just as bad as Qatar has been given the opportunity to host a tournament.

      Sport is no longer governed by reputable principles, if it ever was. The old ethos of the Olympics is dead and buried.

  6. Very well.
    Then we have no other alternative but to replace Sochi with another, more civilized venue.

  7. Kay fro New Zealand 30 Jul 2013, 1:14pm

    Out gay speedskater Blake Skjellerup from New Zealand has said it took him long enough to be OK with being out and he’s not going back in the closet now, even if it means he’ll get arrested in Russia.

    1. He’s wearing a rainbow pin isn’t he? I think all athletes gay and straight should do similar.

      Spectators I believe will be still at risk.

  8. Let’s hope fair-minded athletes vote with their feet if their governments or Olympic committees don’t agree to boycott. Russia won’t want to be a pariah state for long.

  9. Jock S. Trap 30 Jul 2013, 1:52pm

    If the Olympic Games are not Free and Fair then that country should not be allow to host, plain and simple.

    No-one should be expected to play ball in a country where safety is clearly an issue.

    It is clear Russia do Not respect humanity and does not deserve the boost in economy that goes with it.

    The Winter Olympics must either be moved or cancelled. Sochi must not be the Venue, Russia must no host these games!

  10. If I had the money I’d fly over there and get arrested wearing a pink fairy costume holding a sign saying “HOMOSEXUAL PROPAGANDA” or “GAY IS GR8 – ALL THE KOOL KIDS ARE DOING IT” or something

    We need to fill their jails with international protesters to ensure the international community take action, and to highlight the ridiculousness of the whole thing. 200 gay guys in fairly costumes from around the world should do the trick.

    Mr. Pink

  11. lynsey howell 30 Jul 2013, 2:19pm

    if the world turned its back on russia held the olympics elsewhere and banned russia from attending, it might not make them change their attitude, but it would at least put a harsh spotlight on them and bring even more pressure to bear. their outlook is archaic, and has no place in todays world.

    1. Thank the resurgence of the Russian Orthodox konservative kristianist kult (KKK) for THAT.

  12. Clearly the IOC has no power and as has previously been posted here how would they waive this law during the Olympics anyway. If you haven’t already sign this petition to lobby sponsors and if this doesn’t get a reaction then let’s look at boycotting sponsors products! http://www.change.org/petitions/stand-against-russia-s-brutal-crackdown-on-gay-rights-urge-winter-olympics-2014-sponsors-to-condemn-anti-gay-laws?utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_true

  13. MOVE THE OLYMPICS BACK TO VANCOUVER!!!!

  14. Definitely got to pull the plug now. He ‘dosent know of any gay athletes’. As if no gay person would ever be athletic. Hasnt done his olympics homework has he ? I thought they originated in ancient greece when homosexuality was an ordinary part of society.

  15. Nick Davis 30 Jul 2013, 3:21pm

    We shouldn’t boycott the Games – the Russians will only use propaganda to tell their serfs that the nasty west hates them.
    We ALL should turn up, spectators, athletes etc wearing rainbow colours (pins, Tshirts, sunglasses etc) and shout loud and proud – they can’t arrest us all.

    1. They tell their serfs that anyway.

  16. Permanent boycott on anything Russian or Italian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. NO OLYMPICS IN RUSSIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Equality Joe 30 Jul 2013, 3:42pm

    I sure hope that Russian citizens, international spectators, and athletes will make some form of protest during the games for the world to see.

  19. godric godricson 30 Jul 2013, 4:36pm

    I came across this interview and he sounds a deeply dangerous man with clear and evident links to Russian Orthodoxy. A ‘nasty pasty’ as they’d say.

    http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20120830/175525037.html

  20. EVERY COMPETITOR SGOULD DO THERE EVENT IN DRAG!

  21. those russians

  22. If you are a citizen of the US, please sign the petition to put Vitaly Milonov and Elena Mizulina on the visa ban list. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/put-elena-mizulina-and-vitaly-milonov-visa-ban-list-their-role-creating-russias-ban-gay-propaganda/mYMFcF9W

  23. Janet Lameck 30 Jul 2013, 6:17pm

    Boycott this Olympics Event

  24. When Moscow hosted the Olympics in 1980, over 60 countries did a boycott because of the Soviet invasion/war in Afghanistan, and other issues. Isn’t this anti-gay policy enough to warrant another boycott?

  25. Velvet Steele 30 Jul 2013, 8:20pm

    Honestly? No surprises here! How can we truly support an event of this magnitude in such a misguided country?? $$$$$$ is what it is! Shame on you IOC

  26. It should be interesting to see, if the IOC insists on holding the games in Russia, how they’ll react when the first few athletes get arrested, held, and then expelled from the country for wearing LGBT symbols.

    If they do nothing but weakly protest, they will have convinced me that their only concern is the bottom line, and not the true spirit of the games. As much as I love watching them, Summer or Winter, they’ll be chalked off my watching list from that point on.

  27. Michael Stevens 30 Jul 2013, 9:37pm

    The IOC is just a huge cash-cow for a tiny group of corrupt officials who run it.

    The athletes are just window-dressing.

    A boycott would lose them money, so there is no way they will do it.

  28. Keith, the eventual winner. 30 Jul 2013, 10:04pm

    Russia tolerates homosexuality, consensual adult incest, defacto polygamy and bestiality.
    In Britain, all those acts are criminal except homsexuality.
    This demonstrates that Russia is indeed far more tolerant than Britain.
    As for spreading homosexual propaganda, I am, sure Russia would also seek to prevent the propaganda of iother legal behaviours such as consensual adult incest if such propaganda occured. Do you think that is wrong also?
    Just because something is legal does not mean that you have the right to promote it. Sc=at is legal in Britain yet disgusting , like homosexuality. Do you thi k that the government should in Britain would allow the promotionn of such filth even though the act is legal?
    You are all self seeking hypocrites.

    1. David Myers 31 Jul 2013, 8:27am

      Keith, the ceaseless troll and always LOSER!

    2. cuirmichael 31 Jul 2013, 10:42am

      The notion of promoting in the Russian legislation means speak in favour of. Nobody is likely to convince me to engage in sc=at, but if someone tells me they enjoyed it and that I should try it, I don’t think I’d want them to be sent to prison for 18 months as you would.

    3. You are all self seeking hypocrites.

      Bless. Self-awareness and a sense of irony aren’t among your (many, I’m sure) strong points, are they Keith, me old m…ucker?

  29. The IOC don’t care about human rights – they gave China the Olympics! FIFA is just as bad giving Qatar a World Cup to host. FIA (Formula 1 ruling body) has Grand Prix rounds in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, China, Korea, Russia, etc.

    Sport is about $ and lots of it. Fairness and equality don’t exist in sport. The governing bodies of sports are as corrupt as politicians and they mingle together making shady deals and passing cash-stuffed envelopes to each other.

    The winter Olympics will be held in Russia and I can’t imagine any nation boycotting because of Russia’s treatment of gay people. There’s too much money involved. Hopefully, athletes themselves will make some type of protest – that’s probably the most we can hope for.

    1. FIFA have also given Russia the World Cup. I’m not sure if you left that out by accident or are unaware.

      It will take place in 2018 BEFORE Qatar.

  30. The games must be boycotted. The civilized world must send a strong message to Russia. And what better way than to snub their Olympics? Also boycott their vodka. Russian money must have been spent preparing for the games. How nice it would be if it was a waste of money, because no-one bothered to turn up.
    We need to do everything we can to spread the idea of boycotting the games around social media, and don’t forget this latest statement by the politician mentioned in this article. That Russia will not guarantee the safety of those involved in the games.

  31. David Myers 31 Jul 2013, 8:21am

    Think what a horrendous public relations disaster (for Putin and Russia) it would be if hundreds of athletes including medal winners, and thousands of international spectators all used the occasion to speak out on the subject of human rights by blatantly wearing the rainbow flag colors (even non-gay athletes and spectators)! Russia, if they dared to try to arrest people would be an international pariah and would never host an Olympics games again. They would receive world-wide condemnation. If they don’t attempt to arrest all off the international spectators and athletes they every event and every ceremony would be an effective would-wide protest against Russia’s fascist laws. I say that instead of boycotting the games gay and straight tourists (as well as athletes should all wear the rainbow colors (on hats, shirts, scarfs – whatever). The Russians will not be able to just target GLBTQ members because they won’t be able to tell them from their straight supports!

  32. Cuirmichael 31 Jul 2013, 10:35am

    WHICH British campaigners are comparing the Russian laws to Section 28? They’re nothing like. In Russia it’s a criminal offence for which an individual can be sent to prison!!! Wicked though Section 28 was, it only threatened local government with financial penalties.

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