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Activists implore IOC president Thomas Bach to look into Russian propaganda law

Aug 9, 2013; Moscow, RUSSIA; General view of the countdown clock to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in front of the Kremlin and Red Square. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A gay rights organization called All Out met with International Olympic Committee presidents Thomas Bach on Saturday, asking him to look into the implications of the Russian law passed earlier this year banning gay propaganda.

Anastasia Smirnova spoke with Reuters about the meeting. She said:

It was a valuable conversation and we delivered first-hand evidence that a clear and strong action is needed.


The environment [in Russia] is becoming increasingly hostile, with private meetings broken into, gay clubs attacked and various homophobic groups calling for violence against LGBT people.


The Olympics are not simply a good way to draw attention. The Olympics have specific mission and goal of promoting non-discrimination and respect through sport.


Russia is the place where this mission is much needed, allowing the 2014 Games to leave a positive legacy.

Not much information about the meeting was offered by the IOC. An official in the organization simply confirmed the meeting took place and that it was “constructive.”

The All Out group expects the IOC to make an announcement within a few days as to whether an investigation of the law will be launched.

[Source: Reuters]

Topics: IOC, Thomas Bach

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