International Olympic Committee

IOC reassures freedom to criticize Russia's anti-LGBT laws, at least in media interviews

The Coalition of Russian LGBT organizations received an official response from the International Olympic Committee to their November request for clarification on the impact the ‘propaganda’ law may have on the Winter Games, particularly – on the work of the media and on behavior and statements of the participants.

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Report from Russia: For IOC President, Russia is not the place to talk about LGBT non-discrimination

Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee refused to meet with representatives of a coalition of Russian LGBT organizations during his Sochi visit, offering a meeting in Lausanne instead. LGBT activists in Russia see this decision as yet another indicator that the Sochi Olympics are far from being a platform to uphold and promote the Olympic values.

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