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Russian Gov’t Doublespeaks and Defends Anti-Gay Laws In Letter To IOC Again

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In a letter from Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak of the Russian government he once again “reassured” the International Olympic Committee that they will not discriminate against gay people during the Sochi Olympics.  Except that of course unless they act gay.

The IOC received a letter from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak giving reassurances the host country will comply fully with the Olympic Charter’s provision against discrimination of any kind. “The Russian Federation guarantees the fulfillment of its obligations before the International Olympic Committee in its entirety,” Kozak said. However, Kozak did not back down on the issue of the new law, which penalizes anyone who distributes information aimed at persuading minors that “nontraditional” relationships are normal or attractive. The law applies equally to everyone and “cannot be regarded as discrimination based on sexual orientation,” Kozak said. The letter still leaves open the question of what would happen to Olympic athletes or fans if they make statements or gestures that could be considered propaganda.

Dear Russia;  As Frodo Baggins said to Gollum, “There is no promise you can make that I can trust.”

That is all.


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