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Former Italian MP Vladimir Luxuria After Release from Sochi Jail: PHOTO

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A photo posted to the Facebook of Pio and Amedeo, a comedy duo who star in the Italian television program Reservoir Dogs, showed Vladimir Luxuria, who was detained by Sochi police yesterday for carrying a "Gay is OK" banner, after her release, with the caption, "everything is ok... good night #freeluxuria".


NBC Reporter Hit with Criticism for Interview That Reduced Bode Miller to Tears: VIDEO

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NBC reporter Christin Cooper was hit with a barrage of criticism after a line of questioning to U.S. skier Bode Miller about his brother Chelone, who died of a seizure in April. Cooper's questions seemed to intensify once she saw Miller was getting emotional.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times said the interview lacked sensitivity, Linda Holmes of NPR called it "disgusting," and a number of viewers voiced their outrage on Twitter.

Miller later tweeted:

"I appreciate everyone sticking up for me. Please be gentle w christin cooper, it was crazy emotional and not all her fault. #heatofthemoment ... My emotions were very raw, she asked the questions that every interviewer would have, pushing is part of it, she wasnt trying to cause pain."

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UPDATE: Miller continued to defend Cooper on the Today show:

"I feel terrible that she's taking the heat for that because it really was just a heat-of-the-moment kind of circumstance,'' Miller said. "I don't think there was any harm intended. It was just a lot of emotion for me. It's been a lot over the past year. You sometimes don't realize how much you can contain that stuff until the dam breaks, and then it's just a real outpouring."

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NBC's Harry Smith Sits Down with Andy Cohen and Brian Boitano to Talk about Gay Rights, Russia: VIDEO

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'Meet the Press' correspondent Harry Smith sat down with Bravo's Andy Cohen and figure skater Brian Boitano to talk about Russia, its anti-gay laws, and the Olympics.

Cohen commented on his decision to turn down a hosting gig at the Miss Universe pageant late last year:

"It seemed very disingenuous of me to go to Russia and do a travelogue about what a great time the pageant queens had in Moscow - what a wonderful city - when I could be stoned in a square for throwing out a gay flag."

Boitano is putting a lot of faith in the International Olympic Committee given the way it blew off concerns this year from LGBT activists and groups concerned about the anti-gay law.

Said Boitano:

"I truly believe the IOC will never again choose a country to have the Olympics in that doesn't have a good human rights record, or a country that is not tolerant."

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Rihanna Offers 'Principle 6' Support for LGBT Russians, Athletes at Sochi: PHOTO

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Rihanna is the latest celebrity to don the clothing of the Principle 6 campaign, created as a way to stand in solidarity with LGBT Russians and athletes during the Sochi Games and not violate the country's anti-gay propaganda laws.

Tweeting a photo from her Instagram account wearing a 'P6' cap, Rihanna linked to a Frank Bruni article on the campaign: "#P6 @voguemagazine @alexanderwangny @athleteally ----> http://bruni.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/fashion-fairness-and-the-olympics #AntiDiscrimination"

Rihanna has nearly 46 million followers on her Instagram and Twitter accounts combined.


Mo Sochi Mo Problems: VIDEO

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A must-watch mash-up of Sochi ills from DJ Steve Porter.

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Here's Video of Bisexual Gold Medalist Speedskater Ireen Wüst 'Cuddling' Vladimir Putin: WATCH

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Yesterday, activist group Queer Nation came down hard on Dutch gold medalist speedskater Ireen Wüst after she gave an interview to Dutch media and expressed excitement about "cuddling" with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Said Wüst:

"I got a cuddle from him. He congratulated me and asked if everything was OK in Russia and I congratulated him on (Russian speedskater) Olga Graf, of course, for her third place (in the 3,000 meters). He was happy to see me, but then he had to leave again. But I cuddled him."

Wrote Queer Nation's Duncan Osborne in a press release:

“The Olympic athletes have said that they will not make political statements during the Games yet that is exactly what Ireen Wust did. By embracing Vladimir Putin, a man who has trampled on the human rights of LGBT Russians, political dissidents, artists, undocumented immigrants, and others in Russia, Wust has endorsed his fascist agenda....LGBT Russians and political dissidents are showing us what courage and commitment look like. Embracing Vladimir Putin is a betrayal of that courage and commitment. Wust should be ashamed of herself. Every athlete in Sochi should understand that the whole world is watching. We cannot make the athletes show the sort of courage that LGBT Russians display, but we will not be silent and we will not forget if the athletes embrace Putin.”

Now, video has emerged of Wüst's 'cuddle' with the Russian leader.

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