Sochi: Vladimir Putin Warns of Action Against ‘Gay Propaganda’

Vladimir Putin Action against Gay Propaganda
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Tide of homophobia in Russian media rising, report finds

LONDON — Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned gay people attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi not to spread “gay propaganda.”

“We don’t have a ban on non-traditional sexual relations. We have a ban on promoting homosexuality and pedophilia among minors,” he said in a televised meeting with volunteers in Sochi, the BBC reported Friday.

One volunteer asked if Sochi’s rainbow-colored uniforms breached the ban on gay propaganda.

“We are not banning anything and we won’t arrest anyone. You can feel free in your relationships but leave children in peace,” Putin said.

According to a report published Friday by media monitoring organization Medialogiya, there has been a rising tide of homophobia in the Russian media following the passing of the law banning the promotion of homosexuality among children.

The number of news reports referring to homosexuality on state-owned TV channel Rossiya 1 has shot up over the past few years. In 2011, there were just 11, while in 2013 there were more than 160.

The tone in almost all of these reports was either outright hostile or else noticeably negative towards homosexuals, the BBC reported.

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  1. Mr. Putin, why not look at the composition of the Pedophile community and examine more closely the definition of “pedophile”. You might find that your population of child abusers is very small but more importantly, the sexual orientation of most abusers is “straight”. No part of the pedophile group will show any large involvement of “Gays”, nor does the word itself include sexual orientation. All you have to be, Sir, is an abuser of minority children, and that phenomenon occurs mostly within the family circumstance. I believe you are being driven by fear of queers tainting your Olympics and not much more than that.

  2. johntshea says:

    So President Putin once again brackets gay people with child abusers. Let us hope that anyone who still persists in attending this fatally tainted Olympics misses no opportunity to speak out and test Mr. Putin’s promise not to arrest them.

  3. Michael Anthony says:

    Putin is such a bully. And his fixation on the “evils” of homosexuality is just astounding. We all know how he constantly has to project his masculinity, like those pics of him outdoors with his shirt off. Its as if he’s worried he’s not masculine enough. It also makes me wonder about his obvious lack of education. Anyone who has half a brain knows the absolute truth about pedophelia, namely the vast amount of children are at risk from heterosexuals. If he speaks at the games, would love to hear him jeered.

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