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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. If the organizer of the Sochi games is showing concern. Then our cries are obviously working. Which means they're starting to feel the pressure. Keep it up!!

    Posted by: MickyFlip | Sep 9, 2013 1:54:11 PM

  2. Keep the pressure on them !

    Particularly now that the IOC is doing Russia's propaganda FOR them - that the IOC would take this position and repeat obvious Russian government lies, and pretend that Russian officials have not said what they have is outrageous.

    If anything, we should step it up a few notches, as this latest announcement from the IOC is even more insulting and outrageous than anything to date.

    DEMAND ALL US corporations withdraw advertising, hit the lying IOC where it hurts !

    Posted by: LetsTalk | Sep 9, 2013 2:07:42 PM

  3. Keep up the pressure. It is no longer in 2013 to continue the bigotry in Winter Olympica. Time to confirm the hate in Russia and get out of that hate country.

    Posted by: FunMe | Sep 9, 2013 3:22:17 PM

  4. But first make note of all the gay hate. Maybe they will cancel each other out.

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 9, 2013 3:29:46 PM

  5. If Hetero-Supremacy and Hetero-Supremacist aren’t terms yet, imo they should be now.

    Posted by: David M | Sep 9, 2013 5:33:41 PM

  6. Even if Putin gave a homosexual an award, the "homosexual" in question can't publicly declare he's a homosexual without breaking the new "anti-propaganda" law.

    I hope the world can shame Putin and his cronies into backing down, but I'm not holding my breath. Unless there are allies within Russia who see and call out the injustice, it will only get worse. That said, keep the pressure on.

    Posted by: fanboi | Sep 9, 2013 6:02:09 PM

  7. If anything, this is simply reason to redouble our efforts.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 9, 2013 6:19:07 PM

  8. If needed, here's the link to the Sochi advertisers/sponsors:

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 9, 2013 7:22:45 PM

  9. @Less: Regarding "Not a word about Syria from you people," today's news reports indicated that Russia is offering a compromise where Syria's chemical weapons will be removed by an international organization with the U.S. agreeing to not attack Syria if this is done.

    Remember, we don't get the full story, at least not at this point. There's a possibility that the U.S. and Russia are colluding to play "good cop, bad cop," Meanwhile Assad gets to save face by agreeing to a deal sponsored by his major international supporter. Another possibility is that Russia is concerned that, if the rebels win, during the confusion some of those weapons might end up in the hands of radical groups in Russia.

    Also there is some evidence uncovered by German Intelligence that Assad might not have personally authorized the use of chemical weapons, which might indicate that he is losing control of the security apparatus. Apparently others have been asking for permission to use chemical weapons for months and he's consistently said "no". While it is possible that he changed his mind, they could also have decided to ignore him or there might have been some sort of miscommunication.

    The only safe thing to do is to not jump to conclusions.

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 9, 2013 8:11:19 PM

  10. Nobody is going to watch. That's what the fallout is going to be. I'm not boycotting the sponsors, I'm boycotting the games.

    Posted by: Stolidog | Sep 9, 2013 8:51:56 PM

  11. Hopefully the IOC representatives educated this doofus about what would happen to the IOC if it tried to suppress the free speech rights of American citizens. Every lawyer in the country would be drooling and the IOC would be bankrupt before it had its day in court.

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 9, 2013 10:50:19 PM

  12. The answer is simple: temporarily decriminalize "gay propaganda" starting a month before the games, and until a week after the games have ended. Then go back to jailing people for wearing rainbows.

    Posted by: Andy | Sep 10, 2013 12:27:11 AM

  13. Putin saves the day. Get's Obama our of self-created mess with Syria. Russia will deal with Syria to rid of chemical weapons. Forget your Olympic boycotts. They will only backfire on you. Russia is a friend now.

    Posted by: Lose | Sep 10, 2013 2:01:00 AM

  14. "...But first make note of all the gay hate. Maybe they will cancel each other out....POSTED BY: PAUL..."

    What Gay Hate?

    Oh...You must mean the pack of trollish garbage that You, Less-Paul, Troll Rick and all your other NOMBIES are trying to bring to life repeating a new lil' meme.

    You sit there, tell us all how much gays hate. Provide no evidence. Then you cite yourself as proof?

    Less-Paul? I bet you bent your little brain really, really hard to be that 'clever.

    Posted by: dean | Sep 10, 2013 8:21:28 AM

  15. "... Forget your Olympic boycotts. They will only backfire on you. Russia is a friend now. POSTED BY: LOSE..."

    A freind now??? To whom???

    Man, put down your tin-cup of Vodka, dude, it is messing with your life.

    Russia is not friends with anyone, especially the U.S.


    Posted by: dean | Sep 10, 2013 8:23:53 AM

  16. I will support any boycott of advertisers that support the Sochi Olympics. I also don't plan on watching the Sochi Olympics.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 10, 2013 11:20:34 AM

  17. I suppose it is too much to ask, but if the Athletes voted to not perform unless the Games were moved to Canada (The best and most easily used previous cite), Russia might just agree to stop all of the anti Gay crap until after the Games.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Sep 14, 2013 9:05:15 PM

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