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Russian Sports Minister: Authorities should have waited a little before passing anti-gay law

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  1. Yeah, sure… nothing beats expedient timing when you’re planning a human rights violation.

    Not that he need worry… the IOC are sticking their fingers in their ears and hoping the whole thing blows over.

  2. Christopher in Canada 18 Nov 2013, 4:17pm

    Russia, where Orwell lives on. The citizens sure must be powerless, in a way that we in the West can’t truly comprehend.

  3. They just don’t get it, do they?

  4. In a way, it is better that the govt. passed it at a time when the eyes of the rest of the world are on Russia rather than afterward, it would have got little coverage at best.

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 5:02pm

    Some anti-gay thugs apparently opened fire inside a gay club in Moscow recently. Nothing in the media about that so far. Thankfully, nobody was killed.

    1. Derek Williams 19 Nov 2013, 11:07am

      That’s because it’s the way the Russian government wants it.

  6. So, he’s happy with the discriminatory law – just embarrassed that the world got to know they’re a bunch of backward, homophobic bigots? Hmmm. The IOC is a disgusting bunch of money-grabbing morons too. To allow these games to go ahead when Russian is in DIRECT contravention on the IOC’s OWN Olympic Charter is simply astonishing. Article 6 of the Charter says, “Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender OR OTHERWISE (my emphasis) is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.” Singling out one group in society for ‘special discrimination’ would seem to me to be in direct violation of the charter. So WHY are the games going ahead? In my opinion, the Olympic Movement is forever damaged by this collusion with division and discrimination. I will be boycotting every aspect of it in future.

  7. It is a bad law based on what appears to be a deliberate misapprehension, a mistaken belief a misunderstanding, mistake, error, misinterpretation, misconstruction, misreading, misjudgement, misconception, misbelief, miscalculation, confusion, mix-up, the wrong idea, false impression, fallacy, illusion, delusion about homosexuality that The Russian Orthodox Church wants to smear gay people with.

  8. .....Paddyswurds 18 Nov 2013, 9:43pm

    ” foreign opposition to the law reflects a resentment of the strength of his country.” Yea Right. More like your country is so weak it considers Gay people a threat. Either that or Vlad the Anti Gay doesn’t want any Gays walking around bare chested showing him up …. …. …

    1. ”Foreign opposition to the law reflects a resentment of the strength of this country.”
      I think Hitler probably said something very similar pre-WWII ………

  9. All things considered, Russia would have been better in many ways if it had stayed Socialist. Then it would have had a potential for change like China, which is at least having a dialogue of sorts with the LGBT community and is likely to eventually legalise same sex marriage. The Russia of rabid capitalism is moving backwards into the Dark Ages

  10. Derek Williams 19 Nov 2013, 11:05am

    It is obviously crucial to plan the right time to strip an entire minority of its civil rights and start your campaign of state authorised persecution.

  11. Lucius Malfoy 25 Nov 2013, 2:20pm

    Funny thing. It was excactly the same thing captured german generals said amongst them self about the prosecution of jews (Antony Beevoers books about WWII)

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