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Russia will not suspend its anti-gay laws during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, The Los Angeles Times reports.
On Thursday, Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko told R-Sport that, "An athlete of nontraditional sexual orientation isn't banned from coming to Sochi. But if he goes out into the streets and starts to propagandize, then of course he will be held accountable."
NBC on Sochi Olympics and Russia's anti-gay laws: "We'll address it"
According to a recent law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, propagandizing homosexuality includes anything from participating in a gay pride rally to simply speaking about gay relationships, rights or showing affection to a same-sex partner that a child might witness. Violators of the policy face fines up to $3,000, up to 15 days in prison, deportation and denial of reentry into Russia.
According to CNN
, protests around the world have begun calling for a boycott against the Sochi Olympics. Bars worldwide have stopped serving Russian vodka and some are planning "vodka-dumpings" rallies.
Last week, NBC said it only plans on addressing Russia's anti-gay policy "if it becomes an issue" during the Olympics. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin has called on the network to use its coverage to expose the new legislation.
The 2014 Sochi Olympics start on Feb 6, 2014. Will you be watching? How do you think NBC and the Olympics should handle Russia's anti-gay laws?