January 31, 2014

Putin Picks on the Wrong Minority

James Kirchick, The Spectator

The Associated Press

Putin cannot have anticipated the magnitude of worldwide outrage that would pour forth in response to his gay propaganda law. It has earned Moscow more uniformly negative media coverage than practically anything Putin has done since assuming power in 2000. Anti-Kremlin gay protests have taken place across the world. There's now a long list of foreign dignitaries not going to Sochi. It will be the first time since 2000 that America has not sent a president, first lady, vice president or former president to an Olympics. The presidents of Germany, France and Moldova, and the prime ministers of Canada and Belgium, have also let it be known that they won't be going. No one admits that the decision was politically motivated, but there are small signs that western leaders tacitly support...

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


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