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Will there be protests in Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics?

One thing that is surely on everyone’s mind as they travel to Sochi for the 2014 is whether or not there will be anti-gay protests in Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. What may come as a surprise to many is that Russian President Vladimir Putin has actually signed a decree which will ban all demonstrations, rallies, and protests for the two and half months surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The decree also has a specific restriction on all vehicles going in and out of the Olympic Village and surrounding areas, prohibiting any vehicle without a local license plate, non-emergency vehicles, and non-Olympic-accredited vehicles to enter the area.

protests in russia for the 2014 winter olympics

Despite assuring that Russia will be in compliance with the Olympic Charter’s rules of anti-discrimination, Deputy Prime Minsitry Dmitry Kozak has stated that the new anti-gay laws will still be enforced.

Protests have been taking place all over the world – including the United States where bars have even stopped selling Russian vodka – against the new law passed by President Putin who has prohibited “homosexual propaganda” to be viewed by anyone under 18. The Olympics, which has always been a stage for the entire world to come together as one, should be a place to celebrate joy and happiness, not discrimination.


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