​Vladimir Putin: Gays Allowed If They Leave Kids Alone​​

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January 18, 2021

Vladimir Putin lumps gays and pedophilia together

Vladimir Putin wanted to reassure gays on Jan. 17 to the Sochi Olympics that they are welcomed as long as they “leave the children in peace.” Putin vowed that there would be no discrimination in Russia.

However, he emphasized that because of a Russian law banning homosexual “propaganda” among minors, they cannot express their views to anyone under age.

The Russian President appeared to lump homosexuality and pedophilia together.

“We have no ban on nontraditional sexual relations. We have a ban on propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia, I want to underline that, on propaganda among minors,” Putin said.

Putin and other politicians have defended the June propaganda law as a protection of child rights, but critics believe the law discriminates against sexual minorities. The law specifically refers only to “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.”
Putin insisted the measure isn’t discriminatory.

“We aren’t banning anything, we aren’t rounding up anyone, we have no criminal punishment for such relations, unlike many other countries,” he said. “One can feel relaxed and at ease, but please leave the children in peace.”

In the wake of the international outcry against the bill, Russian authorities have put limits on the right to protest during the Sochi Games, which run Feb. 7-23. A presidential decree initially banned all rallies in Sochi from Jan. 7 to March 21, but Putin later rescinded the ban to allow demonstrations at venues determined by the Interior Ministry.

Putin also addressed security while speaking to television networks in Sochi in a segment aired Friday by state Rossiya television, saying Russia will do everything to ensure a safe Olympics without making security measures too intrusive. He also said Russia will do all that is necessary to protect the Games without “putting pressure” on athletes and visitors.

Security concerns were heightened by back-to-back suicide bombings in the city of Volgograd in southern Russia, which killed 34 and wounded 100 others, on Dec. 29-30. Volgograd is about 600 miles from Sochi.

Putin denied the Olympics are a vehicle to satisfy his personal ambitions and insisted they serve national interests. He argued the Games will help Russia regain its pride following the Soviet collapse and two separatist wars in Chechnya.