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Russia confirms that anti-gay laws will be enforced during Sochi Winter Olympics

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  1. It doesn’t get any clearer, IOC – so what are you going to do in response?

    Ignore it, tell us to shut up and enjoy your little games, even if you have to jump over gay people to play?

    1. I don’t think IOC gives a toss as long as there’s a suitcase of cash in the hotel room.

      1. That There Other David 12 Aug 2013, 5:51pm

        If that were a comment about FIFA I’d agree, but the IOC has massively cleaned up its act in the past decade or so.

        We’ll see what happens when the sponsors start getting cold feet about this.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Aug 2013, 5:00pm

    Well then, I hope some gay athletes and non-gay supporters who are participating in the games display some symbol of solidarity and see how the authorities react. A peaceful display shouldn’t provoke harassment or violence of any kind so let’s see how far the Russian government thugs will go.

  3. Beelzeebub 12 Aug 2013, 5:02pm


    Let the world see these backward mouth breathers arresting and jailing Olympic athletes, spectators and journalists.

    The uproar will ring around the planet.

  4. LGBT and Allies: show solidarity and bypass the laws; dress up in the hilariously ironic blue & white sailor uniforms and camp it up !!!

    Mr. Pink

  5. Boycott Boycott Boycott

  6. thelostdot 12 Aug 2013, 6:05pm

    so given their loose interpretation, and failure to prosecute LGBT attackers their reassurance was worth nothing, and the Olympic commitee has allowed this to continue!

  7. Strange that he’s quoting THAT statement of the Olympic Charter, which is way down the list and not as relevant as the FIRST TWO PRINCIPLES:

    Fundamental Principles of Olympism

    1.Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

    2. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.

    These two principles make it VERY clear that the IOC most certainly SHOULD BE getting involved in Russia’s domestic politics.

    1. By the way, the IOC has threatened to strictly enforce Rule 50 if the Olympic rules against any athlete who displays a gay flag or gay supportive pin but yet they aren’t even considering punishing Russia for violating the Olympic CHARTER.

      1. What are the Olympic rules regarding the actions of spectators? If a group of spectators get together to unfurl a giant rainbow flag during an event, it would be just as noticeable.

  8. “The law enforcement agencies can have no qualms with people who harbour a nontraditional sexual orientation….”

    CAN have no qualms?
    Is that just a translation issue, or is it actually up to the law enforcers themselves as to whether or not being gay is a criminal offense?
    My suspicion is that the translating was good, and that it is the law itself, or lack thereof, that is bad.

    1. Here’s the interior ministry press release:

      And here’s my translation of the key part (I have removed bureaucratic flourishes without altering the meaning):

      “We want to stress that this law applies to people who have a goal to induce minors [less than 18 y.o. in Russia] to start non-traditional sexual relations. Those who commit such acts will be prosecuted under the Russian law. People of non-traditional sexual orientation who do not commit such acts, who do not organize any provocations, and who peacefully take part in Olympics together with everybody else will not be prosecuted.”

      The way this is worded, those who do ‘organize provocations’ (say, wave a rainbow flag or kiss a person of the same gender) fall in some sort of a gray area.

  9. this is utterly saddening, I despair of this species.

  10. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Aug 2013, 6:59pm

    Under IOC rules, political or religious demonstrations or anything to disrupt an Olympiad won’t be supported according to its charter. So if anyone is arrested or harmed, there isn’t much the IOC can do about it. Protestors will protest at their own peril, The IOC will not get involved and I suspect most western countries won’t either. The Mail and Telegraph will of course say…’serves them right’.

  11. The Russian government finds this anti-gay legislation acceptable, in fact, desirable.

    Yes, there may be moral outrage throughout the world if this legislation is enforced for Olympic participants and attendees. The outrage won’t protect those that may be arrested and jailed.

    What country suspends their laws when visitors arrive?

    The IOC is falling short in their lack of an aggressive plan to change the venue.

    Russia has become a war zone against gays. Would IOC allow the Olympics to be held in any other war zone?

  12. Thanks once again Russia for helping burying a grave for yourself.

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