Russian president Vladimir Putin had his ban on protests at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia lifted at the beginning of the year, which led to plenty of discussion and speculation about how much of an impact the protesting could have on the Olympic experience.
While people will now be free to protest at their own will, the protest sites will be held seven miles away from the nearest Olympic site in the small town of Khosta.
“At Khosta in the park people will be able to freely express their opinion without breaching the rights of other citizens and without breaching the Olympic charter,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said of the protest zones, according to R-Sport. “At the sports arena, at the sports facilities, in compliance with the Olympic charter, expressing political opinions is forbidden.”
You would like to see people being given the opportunity to share their thoughts and protest what they feel necessary, but it is important for the Olympics to keep a positive atmosphere and they accomplish both goals by distancing the protest zones from the Olympic sites.