18th November 2013
Russian Sports Minister: Authorities should have waited a little before passing anti-gay law 12
3:43 PM — The Russian Sports Minister has again spoken in defence of an anti-gay law passed earlier this year, this time to say that the law may have caused so much controversy because of its timing, rather than its contents.
18th August 2013
Russian Sports Minister: Uproar over anti-propaganda law is an ‘invented problem’ 52
3:06 PM — Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has claimed that international concern over his country's discriminatory laws, and subsequent calls to boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia, is a media-"invented problem".
1st August 2013
Russian sports minister: Gay athletes ‘must respect Russian law’ 25
12:02 PM — A Russian sports minister has said that gay athletes are welcome to participate in Russia's 2014 Winter Olympic Games, but must also obey the controversial law banning "gay propaganda".