Putin claims Olympic athletes will feel comfortable regardless of sexual orientation

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
October 28, 2013 1:03 PM |

“We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation.”

-- President Vladimir Putin, addressing the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, ahead of the Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea Resort of Sochi in February 2014. A federal bill banning "gay propoganda" in Russia imposes fines on any individual or organization that provides information on homosexuality to Russian citizens under the age of 18.

Image Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press

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