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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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