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Vladimir Putin Defends Russia's Anti-Gay Laws in ABC News Interview: VIDEO


During a lengthy interview with Russian President Vladimir Putinon Sunday's This Week, ABC News host George Stephanopoulos asked Putin about the country's anti-gay laws.


Torch1Stephanopoulos asked Putin whether gay people will be prosecuted under the propaganda law if they wear a rainbow pin at Sochi.

Said Putin:

Acts of protest and acts of propaganda are somewhat different things. They are close, but if we were to look at them from the legal perspective, then protesting a law does not amount to propaganda of sexuality or sexual abuse of children. That's one. Two is that I'd like to ask our colleagues, my colleagues and friends, that as they try to criticize us, they would do well to set their own house in order first. I did say, after all, and this is public knowledge, that in some of the states in the U.S., homosexuality remains a felony.

Stephanopolous replied that "the Supreme Court has struck those laws down."

Added Putin:

How are they in a position to criticize us for what is a much softer, liberal approach to these issues than in their own country? I know that this isn't something that can be easily done. This is so because there are a lot of folks in the U.S. who share the view that the legislation in their state or in their nation is appropriate, well grounded, and is in sync with the sentiment of the vast majority of the population...The Russian people have their own cultural code, their own traditions. We don't interfere. Don't stick our noses in their life. And we ask that our traditions and culture are treated with the same respect.

Finally, Putin tried to turn the conversation to countries with stricter anti-gay laws:

Russia does not criminally prosecute people for being gay, unlike in over one-third of the world's nations. Seventy of the world's nations consider homosexual behavior a crime. Seven out of the 70 use capital punishment for homosexuality. What does it mean? Does it mean we need to cancel any major international sports events in those countries? Probably not.

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  1. Did ABC make mention of the fact that the line between "protest and propaganda" doesn't exist?

    I don't think I have ever hated a politician as much as I hate him. I'm sure some of it is because my Grandmother was born in The Russian Empire and hates her country. But Putin really is vile.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 19, 2014 12:51:40 PM

  2. Other countries are not hosting a major celebration of internationalism and global unity. The Olympics represents EVERYTHING that is not 'our culture'. You think we'd let the Saudis host the Olympics and ban women from attending?

    Sorry but I hope and pray that this Olympics is an embarrassing fiasco.

    Posted by: Charles | Jan 19, 2014 12:54:44 PM

  3. I never really hated Olympics that much!!!

    Posted by: litper | Jan 19, 2014 12:56:18 PM

  4. Sochi is going to be fiasco

    Posted by: charles | Jan 19, 2014 12:58:26 PM

  5. He's not stupid - very far from it. That's what makes him so dangerous.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Jan 19, 2014 1:05:37 PM

  6. While all the horror stories of Russian homophobia may indeed be true. Russia is a beacon of safety and moderation for LGBT people when compared to the great majority of Middle Eastern and African Nations. Russia just happens to be the big ugly house in a nice neighborhood (Europe).

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 19, 2014 1:07:34 PM

  7. He's such a bad liar that he'd make a perfect Republican nominee for President.

    Posted by: Rudy | Jan 19, 2014 1:17:59 PM

  8. There ARE going to be protest in Sochi! Perhaps deadly . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 19, 2014 1:21:59 PM

  9. But, but, but..... "I looked the man in the eye! I found him to be straightforward and trustworthy! I was able to get a sense of his soul!"

    Posted by: Dubya | Jan 19, 2014 1:25:45 PM

  10. I've read Russian transcripts from this press conference, and there's a lot more to object to.

    I'm glad George commented that he's WRONG about homosexuality being criminalized in "several US states -- Texas, for example," which he keeps repeating and repeating. Homosexual acts are not a criminal offense in any US state since 2003.

    He also doesn't recognize the usual designation of the law as "Mizulina's law" and claims that it's a law "against propaganda of pedophilia and homosexualism."

    Pedophilia is NOT MENTIONED in the law.
    And "homosexualism" was deleted in order to make out that the law is not anti-gay. Instead it's against "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations."

    Putin also claims that in several countries in Europe there is a valid movement WITHIN THE GOVERNMENTS to legalize pedophilia. He repeats this again and again too, and it's a major feature of Russian anti-European propaganda.

    In Germany (one program claimed) 38,000 children were taken away from straight parents and given to gay couples.

    This is only the tip of Putin's propaganda iceberg.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 19, 2014 1:38:25 PM

  11. The remaining sodomy laws in certain U.S. states are examples of "dead letters," which refer to laws that have not been revoked, but are not longer enforceable because federal laws, the U.S. Supreme Court or amendments to the U.S. Constitution have struck those laws down. Other examples of dead letters are the Jim Crow laws which remained on the books in Southern states long after the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Jan 19, 2014 1:40:53 PM

  12. There ya go. This is what were up against. Hypocrite.

    Posted by: Will G. | Jan 19, 2014 2:15:32 PM

  13. Message to Russia: Systematic destruction of gay families is a crime against humanity.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Jan 19, 2014 3:44:06 PM

  14. screw the games the solution is to not attend or watch and boycott the sponsors

    Posted by: walter | Jan 19, 2014 3:55:55 PM

  15. Putin is a thug, a bully, and a useless human being. I despise him and everything he stands for.

    Posted by: David | Jan 19, 2014 5:24:00 PM

  16. The problem is that merely existing is considered to be propaganda and a dire threat to children.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Jan 19, 2014 6:24:14 PM

  17. This fascist is deliberately obtuse and calculatingly malevolent.

    @ DAVID : I totally agree with you; Putin is a thug; he is direct line of descent from the Thirties anti Semitic thugs of the Weimar Republic.
    He deliberately conflates paedophilia [ mostly hetro } with being gay.
    He manipulates the public orthodox opinion and combines it with a stirred up Russian Nationalism......with hatred of the west.
    He is a bully and a thug.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 19, 2014 6:32:58 PM

  18. Um, yeah. Actually, that's exactly what it means.

    I agree that America needs to get its own phucking house in order, tho. I cannot believe that all those red state mouth-breathers who jump at the chance to climb up on the cross and wrap themselves in the flag aren't bothered by the fact that this a-hole is making us look like a nation of chumps.

    Posted by: FFS | Jan 20, 2014 4:52:36 AM

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