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Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles

Putin: Gay People Who 'Leave Kids Alone' Welcome At Sochi

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russia's anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.

Putin's comments in an interview broadcast Sunday with Russian and foreign television stations showed the wide gulf between the perception of homosexuality in Russia versus the West.

A Russian law passed last year banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" among minors has caused an international outcry.

Putin refused to answer a question from the BBC on whether he believes that people are born gay or become gay. The Russian law, however, suggests that information about homosexuality can influence a child's sexual orientation.

The law has contributed to growing animosity toward gays in Russian society, with rights activists reporting a rise in harassment and abuse.

International worries about how gays will be treated in Sochi have been met with assurances from Russian officials and Olympics organizers that there will be no discrimination in Sochi, and Putin reiterated that stance.

"There are no fears for people with this nontraditional orientation who plan to come to Sochi as guests or participants," Putin declared in the TV interview.

He said the law was aimed at banning propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia, suggesting that gays are more likely to abuse children.

Making another favorite argument against homosexuality, Putin noted with pride that Russia saw more births than deaths last year for the first time in two decades. Population growth is vital for Russia's development and "anything that gets in the way of that we should clean up," he said, using a word usually reserved for military operations.

Putin accused the United States of double standards in its criticism of Russia, pointing to laws that remain on the books in some U.S. states classifying gay sex as a crime. The U.S. Supreme Court, however, ruled in 2003 that such laws were unconstitutional.

Homosexuality was a crime in the entire former Soviet Union, which collapsed in 1991. It was decriminalized in Russia in 1993.

The Sochi Winter Olympics run Feb. 7-23.

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inthepool2011 January 20 2014 at 2:48 AM

What did you expect from a former head of the KGB?

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piksz inthepool2011 January 20 2014 at 2:50 AM

the same thing I expect from our Muslim Brotherhood President --- nothing.

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landslowrance January 19 2014 at 3:19 PM

There must be a lot of Russian's on here.

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holmes49 landslowrance January 19 2014 at 3:28 PM

yea--people who see a real leader when they see one--want to trade?

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landslowrance January 19 2014 at 3:16 PM

HEY PUTY PU, WHERE IS YOUR WIFE?

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Janusz Peciak January 19 2014 at 4:20 PM

Jimi Carter was wrong. Politics should be not involve with sport.

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whiskaz454 January 19 2014 at 4:35 PM

Funny, never had the urge to screw a kid. Or an animal while I'm at it.

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hokanut January 19 2014 at 10:00 PM

His choice of words is a bit ominous. "cleanse Russia of homosexuallity". Didn't some guy with a funny little mustache not all that long ago .try to "cleanse" the country under his rule of particular ways of life he didn't agree with ? As I recall it started with "gun control". But that's a topic for another thread.

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bobsansculotte January 19 2014 at 8:37 PM

From everything i have read about the comments of Putin in the last two to three weeks I believe he is in a tremendous amount of economic trouble in Russia. And it will all come out, and apart, for him within the next six months. He is in an economic hole, ------ Ukraine bale out, economic costs of terrorists in Suchi, and the political consequences of letting his opponents out of prison, et al. I do not think the western world and even he knows what is going to take place in Russia. "We got trouble, right here in River City........"

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parkerntx2 January 19 2014 at 4:47 PM

Like it is in Saudi Arabia and most muslim countries, Russia doesn't go along with modern western idealism. This is another country folks under a different leader, I would NOT try him or his country at this point. He put a girl in Siberia for song lyrics. No telling what he would do to gays even though there are some over there. The muslims if they catch you will stone or hang you NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Other countries do not believe like we do.

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dura03 parkerntx2 January 19 2014 at 5:02 PM

LIKE THE MINORITY HERE DO... JUST BECAUSE A FEW STATES WITH CORUPT POLITICIANS AND DEVIATE LEGISLATORS PASS STATUTES DOESN'T DICTATE HOW THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS VIEW HETEROPHOBES...WAKE UP YOU HAVE EXCHANGED THE TRUTH FOR A LIE...

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BROCKSTARGRP January 19 2014 at 4:57 PM

Putin is a man's man!

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seattlewkr BROCKSTARGRP January 19 2014 at 5:04 PM

Yeah, Putin's "the bottom" in the pair.

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mlau777 January 20 2014 at 1:28 AM

Truth doesn’t always make you comfortable. If may very well fly in the face of all that you have been taught, lived by, and grown accustomed to, but it is still the truth. If you wish to remain honest and sincere in your actions and life you must confront and conform to it.

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