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Putin: Gays welcome in Sochi, but must stay away from children

President has said Russia does not ban homosexuality, unlike many other countries who have passed homophobic legislation such as Uganda and Nigeria
Vladimir Putin has said gays will be welcome in Sochi, but must leave children in peace.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said gays will be welcome during the Olympic Games, but must stay away from children.

Speaking to volunteers today (17 January), LGBTI people ‘can feel calm and at ease’ while visiting Russia.

But he emphasized no gay person will be arrested as long as they do not speak to anyone underage.

Under the ‘gay propaganda’ law, the wording of the legislation specifically bans the promotion of ‘non-traditional relationships’ to children.

He said while they should feel welcome, they must ‘leave the children in peace’.

Putin also inferred that other countries have recently legalized far worse laws, such as India, Uganda and Nigeria.

He said: ‘We have a ban on the promotion of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors. This is absolutely different things – a ban on certain relationships or to promote these relations.

‘We do not ban anything, no one is missing. Unlike many other countries.’

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Russia has a problem with abandoned "Throw-Away" Kids under the age of 18. Over 100,000 are in orphanages, with another 500,000+ living in some form of foster care. Additionally, there is a very large, but hard to quantify (under reported), number of actual homeless, Street Kids estimated to be as large as 10,000 if not more. Boys are disproportionately represented in this pool. These children are regularly exploited, trafficked and used in prostitution and porn.

As with the Superbowl (American) Football Game, there is a very real concern about an increase in prostitution in the host city during the event. This is caused by the influx of wealthy travelers "looking for a good time." This concern is compounded in Russia where a disproportionate number of prostitutes are boys.

Putin has been blame shifting his problem of homeless underage male prostitutes onto the LGBT Community in a way of saving his own face - from having to admit to the deep social problems that are rampant in Russia.