August 26, 2013

In the months approaching 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, the governing bodies of the games and its soon-to-be host nation have been at odds with LGBT rights advocates over the country's newly-adopted anti-gay "propaganda" law. Russian officials have already promised that the law will be enforced during the Games, and the International Olympic Committee has already threatened penalties against anyone displaying "demonstration of political, religious or racial propaganda". Now, a new decree by Russian president Vladimir Putin, banning all "meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets" starting one month prior to the games and ending in March, seems to be shortening the leash for LGBT Olympians even more. 

The decree was posted on at the beginning of this week, and later tweeted by ABC's Kirit RadiaAccording to AmericaBlog:

"This fits a larger pattern of Russian threats against Olympics in the past few weeks, when both the Russian Sports Minister, Vitaly Mutko, and the Russian Interior Ministry, responsible for overseeing domestic order (i.e., clamping down on dissidents and any public criticism of the Kremlin), threatened to jail gay and gay-friendly Olympians, guests and media during the Sochi games."

Read more at Towleroad.