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Russian deputy PM on gay rights in Sochi: ‘Leave the kids alone’

Thursday, February 6, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — Russia’s deputy prime minister has confirmed the Kremlin’s view on gay rights in Sochi, asking athletes to “leave the kids alone.”

Kostas Tsironis, APRussian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak at a handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame in Athens' Panathinaiko Stadium, on  Oct. 5, 2013.

Kostas Tsironis, AP
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak at a handover ceremony of the Olympic Flame in Athens’ Panathinaiko Stadium, on Oct. 5, 2013.

Dmitry Kozak told a news conference Thursday that Russian organizers will not discriminate against visitors or athletes because of their sexuality, but he backed the government’s support for the so-called gay propaganda law.

Kozak said athletes are free to express their views and discuss their sexuality. However, he asked them to stay away from children, saying “leave the kids alone.”

Russia introduced a bill last year that outlawed the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.” Gay groups say the law has contributed to the intolerance of sexual minorities in Russia.

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  1. What are they drinking in their vodka?!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:08pm
  2. WTF is wrong with Russia?

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:09pm
  3. Wtf is wrong with America ?

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:28pm
  4. And who the hell would ‘like’ this bullshit?!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:09pm
  5. I think it's because a lot of people don't understand the like feature on facebook.... at least I hope that's the case! ;-)

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:19pm
  6. I’m still confused by this guy, wtf does kids have to do with gay rights?

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:10pm
  7. He's insinuating that "Gay=Child Molester" even though most are STRAIGHT. People will be ignorant because it takes less work so fuck 'em.

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:42pm
  8. STFU you idiot…

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:10pm
  9. Fuck Russia !

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:11pm
  10. I think they are confusing gays with priests

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:11pm
  11. Fuck Russia…. but it makes it ok for them to beat and rape gay men??? This country needs to be tought a lesson

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:11pm
  12. fuck you russia just fuck you.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:11pm
  13. …same douche bag as Putin…

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:12pm
  14. Please people understand that being gay is not being a pedophile. Two different things.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:13pm
  15. Sickening, trying to insinuate homosexuals are pedophiles! Statistics show its more heterosexuals who harm children than homosexuals, ignorant jerks!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:14pm
  16. honey, we don’t want your kids, or you. ew.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:14pm
  17. WTF is wrong with these people…they need to really look at statistics..most crimes against children are not committed by gay’s…bunch of f’ing idiots.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:15pm
  18. Idiots! Apparently they don’t know the difference between homosexuality and pedophelia!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:15pm
  19. It’s an established fact that more heterosexual men molest than homosexual… Stupidity is forever, ignorance can be cured. Let’s hope in this case it’s the latter. ;-)

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:16pm
  20. that’s just weird — the question is: why are THEY focused on the kids? they brought it up

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:17pm
  21. He’ll get beheaded if he doesn’t say that. ;)

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:17pm
  22. Let’s leave Russia alone, all alone, isolated.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:17pm
  23. What a creep!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:19pm
  24. beyond comprehension

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:19pm
  25. Fuck Russia again !!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:19pm
  26. What we scream most loudly about is maybe what we are ourselves Mr. Putin?

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:19pm
  27. Ma vat cocc’.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:19pm
  28. what fools-they do not want your children!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:20pm
  29. This comment is gross and intimidating and comparable to slander !

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:20pm
  30. If I had been molested as a kid from a gay I WOULD STILL HATE RUSSIA.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:20pm
  31. Smh.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:21pm
  32. What the fuxk…worry about the terrorist…fucking morons. So stupid. Like I don’t even want to watch this shit, and I love the Olympics!!! Just disgusting!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:21pm
  33. you leave the kids alone.. most pedis are straight you stupid fuk!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:21pm
  34. Russia can go twerk!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:23pm
  35. Is he talking about the Vatican?

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:23pm
  36. The fuck is wrong with that country, so it’s not okay for gay people to touch kids even hold hand and it’s okay for hetero people to fuck kids, is it ??

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:24pm
  37. same tyo the straight people

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:25pm
  38. Homosexuality:to like some one of the same sex…pedophilia:to have sex with children, THERES A HUGE DIFFERENCE!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:25pm
  39. THEY SOUND VERY UNEDUCATED, READ A DICTIONARY FOR GODS SAKE.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:25pm
  40. Sick! Why did we have to have the Olympics there? What were they thinking??

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:26pm
  41. What a uninformed jerk! As if the only pedophiles were gay persons. LOL

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:26pm
  42. I guess loveing kindness from gays is illegal, and child molestation is actually allowable behind closed doors, this law is hurting the children.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:26pm
  43. How ’bout leaving the gays alone!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:27pm
  44. Ignorance and toeing the party line.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:27pm
  45. I’ll be leaving the Olympics alone.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:27pm
  46. these people are poor excuse for human beings.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:27pm
  47. Are these Russian’s that damn stupid?

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:32pm
  48. News flash Russia we can’t turn children into gays just by being around them, also you can keep children with straight people that won’t stop them from being gay ,if they end up its because they were born that way and that is perfectly fine.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:32pm
  49. WTF … seriously… Straight men harm more children then ‘gays’ ever have. So shut the fuck up russia.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:33pm
  50. A sad and pathetically stupid man.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:33pm
  51. The worst part of this law (besides the law itself) is they keep saying “leave the kids alone” but if you wear a rainbow flag pin, or wave a pride flag they will arrest you in order to protect the kids … so one actually CAN’T express your LGBTQ identity. Bunch of idiots. But we have plenty of idiots here, too.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:34pm
  52. Omg.. gays don’t want kids ,, thats priests you’re confused about

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:36pm
  53. Boooooooooooboooooooboooo

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:36pm
  54. A new revolt like in 1912 is on the way there

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:37pm
  55. Can see it comeing since 89

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:39pm
  56. He has sex with animals, look at his face.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:39pm
  57. Fuck you Jerkydummasscocksuckerscumbag!!!!!! OK?????

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:40pm
  58. The lgbt there should take russias largest terrtory and form there own cuntry i think

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:40pm
  59. This guys needs a baseball bat to the knees. The athletes are STILL going and bringing you business (sadly) and you can’t help but say some shit like that. I think a lot of these people are raping children and they don’t want to be found out.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:41pm
  60. Then cut russia off from resorces thay have to offer

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:42pm
  61. Na cannon bals hurled at him

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:42pm
  62. This guy is lower than Whale shit and that is on the bottom of the ocean.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:43pm
  63. How about ‘Leave the Gays Alone’? How about kick the RCC out of Russia until Pope Francis responds to the UN report of the church’s crimes against children?

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:43pm
  64. What a special kind of stupid.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:44pm
  65. Hey, dumbass! Nobody’s bothering the kids! Why don’t you learn something before you open your bigoted mouth!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:47pm
  66. “leave the kids alone” – that is for peodophiles – the vast majority of which are hetero. So – attack who you want – as long a it includes non-gays as well!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:48pm
  67. OMG! We don’t want your kids! We want understanding!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:50pm
  68. There is NO evidence that being gay leads to child molestation!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:50pm