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'Mayor' of Sochi's Olympic Village Defends Russia's Ban on 'Gay Propaganda'


Svetlana Zhurova, a gold medal-winning figure skater and Russian MP who voted for the bill banning "gay propaganda" is the "mayor" of Sochi's mountain Olympic village, and recently told the independent Russian TV channel Dozhd that she "voted to stop people promoting it to minors," Buzzfeed reports:

Zhurova claimed that many European politicians who oppose the law had told her in private that they actually supported it and that Russian celebrities who support the law had been told by their sponsors to stay quiet. She added, “I just think they shouldn’t show a cartoon on TV — excuse me, I have two boys — where a king loves another king.” She went on to tell a “joke” about the law: “If someone says he’s Napoleon, he’ll be taken straight to the appropriate institution. If he says he’s a woman, then basically nothing happens to him, he’s fighting for his rights.”

IsinbayevaYou may recall that Yelena Isinbayeva, the "mayor" of Sochi's sea-level Olympic village caused controversy back in August when she ripped Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro for painting her nails in rainbow colors in solidarity with LGBT people in Russia.

Said Isinbayeva:  "It's disrespectful to our country, disrespectful to our citizens because we are Russians...We consider ourselves, like normal, standard people, we just live boys with women, girls with boys ... it comes from the history. I hope the problem won't ruin our Olympic Games in Sochi."

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  1. I am hating the Olympics more and more.

    Posted by: Rad | Jan 16, 2014 11:29:17 AM

  2. Correction: "mayorESS". She has to adhere to her societally mandated gender role.

    Posted by: Doug | Jan 16, 2014 11:32:17 AM

  3. Can we arrange to have photos of Svetlana in bed with a 12-year-old girl sent to Vladimir Putin and Orthopimp Kirill?

    Posted by: Frank | Jan 16, 2014 11:33:20 AM

  4. I think the "mayor" should "shut up."

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 16, 2014 11:36:08 AM

  5. Is it me or is this law having an opposite effect? It seems like all Russians do is talk and advertise homosexuality.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 16, 2014 11:37:40 AM

  6. The more I know about the anti-gay "Soviet hosts" of the homophobic Sochi Winter Olympics, the more I know I cannot watch them on complicit NBC. The IOC's support of gay-hater Putin and his games is outlandish and unforgivable.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 16, 2014 11:42:29 AM

  7. "I hope the problem won't ruin our Olympic Games in Sochi."

    Huh, It's a bit late for that false hope. These Olympics have done more to draw attention to the "problem" of equality in Russia than one could have imagined.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jan 16, 2014 11:43:06 AM

  8. Such ignorant and hateful people are a good argument for boycotting these Winter Games.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 16, 2014 11:44:38 AM

  9. These people are far, far more awful than I would have ever suspected - and I used to WORK in Russia.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Jan 16, 2014 11:54:11 AM

  10. The hits keep on coming. If these Russians are trying to kill the Olympic movement they are doing a great job. I hear all this nonsense about the Olympics being non-political in nature. By their words these Russians are contradicting this premise.
    Meanwhile Russian LGBT individuals face violence and oppression on a daily basis....because once your government passes legislation like the anti gay propaganda is open season to attack vulnerable minorities.
    I am sure that the IOC is regretting the day they selected Sochi as the host city.

    Posted by: excy | Jan 16, 2014 11:54:53 AM

  11. Svetlana - get this through your thick Russian head - there is NO RESPECT for Russia whatsoever. None. Nada. Russia is despicable and I, for one, intend on boycotting the Sochi Olympcs as well as the upcoming World Games, also taking place in Russia - AND won't spend one dollar on any vendor supporting the Sochi Olympics.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jan 16, 2014 12:00:13 PM

  12. Will the IOC sack her as 'Mayor?

    Of course not. The IOC is a hate group.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 16, 2014 12:00:22 PM

  13. @Jay - I thought the same thing! It seems like the more this is going on, the more attention the LGBT community is getting. Russians are just a little obsessed.

    Posted by: C.J. | Jan 16, 2014 12:00:39 PM

  14. Women can hate gays??? How is this possible???

    Posted by: Ankerich | Jan 16, 2014 12:04:04 PM

  15. Yes dear it is disrespectful of your laws and your country because we don't respect your laws and your country.

    You are after all a nation of fascists and bigots.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 16, 2014 12:06:58 PM

  16. Just as a note, Svetlana Zhurova is a gold-medal-winning speed skater, not figure skater. But yes, awful and bad etc etc

    Posted by: BIlly | Jan 16, 2014 12:31:40 PM

  17. You know what to do:

    Posted by: Felix | Jan 16, 2014 12:34:10 PM

  18. You know what to do:

    Posted by: Felix | Jan 16, 2014 12:34:26 PM

  19. You know what to do:

    Posted by: Felix | Jan 16, 2014 12:34:27 PM

  20. Is something lost in this translation here?!!! So many bigots are unable to explain their bigotry in a manner that even remotely approaches logic. Napoleon? It's sad and frightening.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 16, 2014 12:38:19 PM

  21. i would imagine those european leaders who privately tell her they support the bill live right alongside sarah palin's and michelle bachmann's gay friends.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Jan 16, 2014 12:42:49 PM

  22. It figures that the people appointed to these positions would be Putin toadies. If they were liberals, they would not get the job, so there's no surprise here. It does not alter the fact, however that both these women are despicable, hate mongering bigots (and I'm working hard to be polite).

    Posted by: John Freeman | Jan 16, 2014 12:46:17 PM

  23. You know that this will not end well for the athletes.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Jan 16, 2014 12:49:12 PM

  24. what else is she gonna say?

    On another level, I find it oddly comforting that this type of idiocy isn't something indigenous to pracitioners of American religion.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jan 16, 2014 1:04:25 PM

  25. This poor stupid woman doesn't have a clue about what she is talking about.

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 16, 2014 1:07:10 PM

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