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Head of Sochi Olympics Begs IOC to Quell International Outrage Over Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

Dmitry Chernyshenko (pictured), the organizing chief of the Sochi Games, begged the International Olympic Commitee to do something about all the building outrage over Russia's anti-gay laws, concerned about the fallout possible demonstrations would cause, the AP reports:

Dmitry_Chernyshenko“It’s very important to have your support to stop this campaign and this speculation regarding this issue," Chernyshenko said at an assembly of members of the IOC.

Marketing commission chairman Gerhard Heiberg added: "Especially the American sponsors are afraid what could happen. This could ruin a lot for all of us."

Reuters adds that Chernyshenko claimed that the law banning "gay propaganda" does not affect gays. And because Putin recently gave an award to a gay person, Russia respects homosexuals.

"The constitution of the Russian Federation guarantees equality of rights for everybody in the country. It explicitly prohibits any form of discrimination," he told the IOC session...

"We make this clear. This law recently passed does not prohibit homosexuality directly or indirectly. It does not contradict elements of the Olympic Charter. It will not stop 2014 proudly upholding the Olympic values," Chernyshenko said.

"The law will have no impact for any guest visitor. Whether athletes or just fans or members of Olympic family, everybody is welcome to enjoy the fantastic Games."

Chernyshenko said Putin had awarded "the highest Russian order" to a homosexual recently. "This is a greatest example of diversity of our country. It's important to have your (IOC) support in this campaign."

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  1. So if this law has no real impact, numbnuts, why not just REPEAL it then?


    Posted by: JCF | Sep 9, 2013 5:51:27 AM

  2. Orwell called it "Newspeak."

    Posted by: Hunter | Sep 9, 2013 6:57:01 AM

  3. I will be avoiding products from Olympic sponsors.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 9, 2013 7:34:19 AM

  4. Anyone on this site who attends is a traitor to our family over there!

    Posted by: billmiller | Sep 9, 2013 7:37:43 AM

  5. We need a comprehensive list of the Sponsors of the Homophobic Olympics.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 9, 2013 7:46:45 AM

  6. Just because I say the sky is red doesn't mean the sky isn't blue. Just because the IOC says it's OK there in Russia for LGBT, doesn't make it so. Russia has earned a reputation of being on the wrong side of human rights and it's going to take more than pinning a medal on some unknown homosexual, for some unknown reason, for me to believe they aren't against homosexuality or homosexuals. The beatings continue, the discrimination continues, and I will do my part to boycott the Olympics and it's sponsors.

    Posted by: JT | Sep 9, 2013 7:47:28 AM

  7. Where can I get a list of the American sponsors? My money isn't going to support this outrage.

    Posted by: tropicbill | Sep 9, 2013 7:55:17 AM


    The most important step we can now take is to get and widely publish a list of the Sponsors of the Homophobic Olympics.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 9, 2013 8:00:29 AM

  9. Move over Rush, the Chick-fil-a Tea Party has found a new spokesman. Coming soon to Fox News: "Chern-in it up with Dimitri". Rick Santorum drools.

    Posted by: dixichuk | Sep 9, 2013 8:33:09 AM

  10. Somebody raided Liberace's closet.

    Posted by: Dimitri | Sep 9, 2013 8:40:57 AM

  11. Ah, the bullies and sociopaths are crying "bully"; what perfect little Republicans/Teabaggers they are.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Sep 9, 2013 8:49:43 AM

  12. Keep hitting the SOBs where it counts. They're running scared...

    Posted by: Rich F. | Sep 9, 2013 9:04:27 AM

  13. Good. The pressure is working. Time to turn the heat up higher.

    Posted by: john patrick | Sep 9, 2013 9:06:52 AM

  14. I, like everyone here, wonder why they need a law that's soooo useless.

    Stealing children from families just because they are gay families is a criminal act no matter how much you would try to say you support "equality". Are you aware that inciting civilians to turn on each other to carry out your agenda is one of the oldest forms of control. We are on to you and your failure is now yours to take ownership of. History HAS been down this road before, we know where you're headed, even if you don't have a clue.

    The sad state of affairs in Russia has reminded gay Americans to continue to fight even harder for equality, nothing less.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Sep 9, 2013 9:12:24 AM

  15. GFY Fascist. Move the Olympics to a civilized country.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 9, 2013 9:14:23 AM

  16. Why did my native German mind insist on translating his comments into NSDAP-Speak?
    Can't imagine.

    The sad thing about this is how awful life for queers in Russia (already bad) is going to get. We're seeing the beginning of a new wave of persecution.

    Part of Chernyshenko's belief that our protests can be quieted is driven by ignorance. Much of it is driven by the support he's getting from American christians who think Putin is going the right way and who pretend these laws aren't really meant to harm us.

    Keep up the pressure, apparently it's working.

    Posted by: enough already | Sep 9, 2013 9:23:30 AM

  17. Translation: He doesn't give a rat's ass about human rights, just as long as his wallet isn't injured.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 9, 2013 9:28:49 AM

  18. The law "doesn't affect gays directly or indirectly"? Apparently he hasn't heard about the rise in anti-gay violence in Russia since passage of those laws. To some portion of a population, any law that stigmatizes a particular group will seem like declaring open season on that group; it draws the extremists out from under their rocks. One has to wonder why Putin has chosen, in time-dishonored fashion, to create a pariah class.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Sep 9, 2013 9:32:30 AM

  19. If the HRC letter actually sent to the corporate sponsors is worth a damn, their Equality Index Scores will lower following the event.

    Otherwise it's empty rhetoric, nothing more.

    Posted by: Leo | Sep 9, 2013 9:38:49 AM

  20. While Mr. Chernyshenko is correct in stating that the Russian law doesn't criminalize homosexuality, what he fails to mention is that the Russian law defines homosexuality to be only what people do in private in their bedroom. In other words, according to the Russian law, it is illegal to kiss your honey goodbye at the airport, it's illegal to hold hands at the movies, it's even illegal to rent a movie with gay characters. (No Brokeback Mountain allowed in Moscow.) Two men or two women can't rent a hotel room with a single bed or sign a lease for a one bedroom apartment.

    This needs to be a real concern for the IOC. I understand that the IOC doesn't want demonstrations at the games, but how far are they willing to push the definition of what is a demonstration. Are two spectators holding hands a demonstration? Is a rainbow pin on your coat a demonstration? What about thanking your partner during a press conference?
    According to the Russian law each of these simple acts are grounds for being arrested.

    Posted by: IJelly | Sep 9, 2013 9:44:44 AM

  21. "International outrage"? Outside of some gay and progressive blogs and protests that draw fairly small crowds, there is no outrage, just total indifference. It may be great for Andy and Joe.My.God. because it gives them an easy topic to write about that gets a lot of comments but this is NOT a mainstream issue.

    The Russians and NBC and their corporate sponsors know that they can ride this out. I mean, the protests against the Iraq invasion in 2003 were the largest the world's ever seen and look how effective they were. How is a couple dozen people waving signs and chanting going to do anything?

    Sorry to be so cynical, but there's simply too much money at stake for some gay protesters to derail this thing. As for Russia, they're hopeless, they've never known freedom or democracy in their entire history, it's more of the same.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Sep 9, 2013 10:27:25 AM

  22. "Putin gave an award to a homosexual" sounds like the anti-gay versionb of "I have black friends". Try another one, you whining twit.

    Posted by: Graham Shevlin | Sep 9, 2013 10:37:27 AM

  23. Anyone know where we can fin a list of companies supporting the Sochi Olympics. Everyone needs to be targeted in a systematic way. Make this Olympics Financially painful if they insist on having it in Russia.

    Posted by: Jason B. | Sep 9, 2013 11:08:08 AM

  24. Methinks Less and Paul are one and the same person. Next he or she will be posting as Mary and Ford. Sock puppets, isn't that the tool trolls use?

    Let the protests continue. These Russian laws DO affect gay citizens of Russia and they are escalating. Soon gay parents will see their children taken away.

    Posted by: Bob R | Sep 9, 2013 11:13:33 AM

  25. As for me I won't be watching the games in Russia, move them and I will.

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 9, 2013 12:57:37 PM

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