December 13, 2013

Gay Rights and Putin's Olympics

David Remnick, New Yorker

The Associated Press

The Russian officials I meet always seem surprised that so many Westerners care at all about the rights of gay men and women. A few days ago, a senior official told me that such concerns were the inventions of the Western press. The reaction to questions about gay rights is usually either dismissive laughter or anger at what they view as self-righteous foreigners determined to embarrass Russia. When Putin went to Amsterdam in April, the city flew the rainbow flag, and he was confronted with questions about the propaganda law; he fumbled through his answers.

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TAGGED: Homosexuals, Gay Rights, Russia, Sochi Olympics, Sochi, Vladimir Putin


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