Despite assurances given to the International Olympic Committee by the Russian government, the legislator who sponsored that appalling bill that bans pro-gay “propaganda” says that nation will arrest any athlete or tourist who violates the law.
A Russian lawmaker has said the ‘gay propaganda’ law will remain enforced during the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014.
Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ bill, said the government cannot decide when to selectively enforce the law.
It comes as the International Olympic Committee said the Russian government had ‘assured’ them all athletes and spectators will be safe from arrest.
Speaking to Interfax and as translated by GSN, Milonov said: ‘I have not heard any comments from the government of the Russian Federation but I know it is acting in accordance with Russian law.
‘If a law has been approved by the federal legislature and signed by the president, then the government has no right to suspend it. It doesn’t have the authority.’
Given the attention paid to the law, it’s pretty certain that at least one gay Olympic athlete or an ally is going to take the opportunity to speak up in favor of equality. Would they really arrest them for that? I find it hard to believe they would. Even an authoritarian thug like Putin knows that it would be a PR disaster for his country.