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Putin: Sports Should Be Focus of Sochi Olympics

Friday Feb 7, 2014
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.  (Source:AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Russian President Vladimir Putin says sports should take center stage during the Winter Olympics and not debate over gay rights.

A Russian law banning gay "propaganda" from reaching minors has drawn strong international criticism and calls for boycott of the Sochi Games from gay activists and others.

In a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday ahead of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Games, Putin said the focus should now turn to the Olympics.

In a tweet from his official Twitter account, Rutte says he "Expressed the concerns of the Dutch government and populace about human rights and specific rights of LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders) in Russia."

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  • BlondieSL, 2014-02-07 15:48:40

    Maybe idiiot putin and his equally discriminatory regime should have thought ahead before they attacked an entire group of peoole. Now the bitch is whining about the consequences. He’s acting very much like Hitler in 1936. Just change the word Jews to Gays . Or black.. or any group. The discrimination is very clear. We saw how tgat ended.


  • Wayne M., 2014-02-07 20:37:23

    Of course the Olympics must focus on sports and athletics. However, it is also an Olympic principle that human rights are respected and therefore the fact there is a debate over the rights of LGBT people is largely a debate of Putin’s creation.


  • GAG’EM, 2014-02-08 01:12:25

    I propose a new sport. Kick Putin in the balls.


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