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Putin: Sochi is ‘not the place’ to debate Russian anti-gay laws

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  1. Oh Vlad! You’re not gettin away that easily! You crafty devil, you!

  2. Tim Chapman 7 Feb 2014, 5:45pm

    Yes they are and yes, we will.

  3. If not Sochi, where?

    We all know what you’re going to do when the circus leaves town.

  4. Can’t think of anywhere better to discuss Russia’s vile homophobic laws than Putin’s showcase event while the eyes of the world are watching. Hitler used the Munich Olympics as a platform to boost his international standing. These games should never have afforded such a vile dictator the same opportunity. Do we learn nothing from history …?

    1. Actually it was the 1936 Berlin Olympics but the message is correct and there are worrying similarities

  5. Helge Vladimir Tiller 8 Feb 2014, 11:43am

    This vain leader who only embraces what strenghtens himself and his Regime, will lose in the end. What is very frightening here is-in my opinion- that he understands what injustice he is performing—but still let it go on., his calculating character.

  6. “However, he then referred to a television interview with a man in a Sochi gay club, who told reporters: “Leave us alone. Sport is sport. The Olympics are the Olympics. Let’s focus. The less aggression there is over [gay rights] from both sides, the better.””

    I suggest it’s pretty obvious the man interviewed in the gay club is scared of repercussions and is keeping his head down because he doesn’t want to draw attention to himself and the club from the anti-gay vigilantes/police.

  7. Strongfemme 8 Feb 2014, 12:24pm

    Really, so where is the right place then eh Mr Putin?
    Shame on the IOC, NBC and foreign governments for turning a blind eye on Russia’s LGBTQI hate campaign
    As long as the Sochi games are fine, the IOC and others will ignore Putin’s moves to intimidate and hurt LGBTQI Russians.

  8. Auntie Babs 8 Feb 2014, 12:28pm

    Awww poor little lamb is all upset because we are not playing by his rules…..well tough titties…we are not the IOC and we are not in your pocket and we’ll play the game whichever way we choose. I will not be putting one single penny of my hard earned money in either your, the IOC, or any of the sponsors pockets…and please note Mr P that this will continue till long after the closing ceremony.

  9. Spoken like a true dictator.

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