Russia Confirms Olympic Enforcement of Anti-LGBT Measure

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The government agency controlling Russia's police force confirmed Aug. 12 that it would be enforcing the anti-gay law during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The Interior Ministry statement, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, said that, "The law enforcement agencies can have no qualms with people who harbor a nontraditional sexual orientation and do not commit such acts (to promote homosexuality to minors), do not conduct any kind of provocation and take part in the Olympics peacefully."

The statement further attempted to downplay the perception of discrimination, saying that discussion of violating the rights of gays and lesbians was "totally unfounded and contrived."

Alexander Zhukov, head of Russia's National Olympic Committee, also said, "If a person does not put across his views in the presence of children, no measures against him can be taken."

Read more at our media partner Windy City MediaMatt Simonette


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