“Within the past two days, two Russian officials have gone out of their way to contradict the IOC in no uncertain terms. The opinion of the Russian government is now perfectly clear: If you’re gay and you come to Russia for the Olympics, you may be imprisoned and deported.”
– Fred Sainz, the Human Rights Campaign’s vice president for communication, as quoted in an HRC release today, responding to a story by R-Sport news agency in which Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko stated that all LGBT people in Russia are subject to the country’s new law forbidding any expression of “nontraditional sexual relations.” Mutko’s assertion follows assurances from the International Olympic Committee that the law will not be enforced at the site of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (HRC)
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