Russian lawmaker wants ban on gay propaganda to be applied to Sochi Games

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Reposted from Russia Beyond the Headline:

Chairman of the St. Petersburg legislature's committee for legislation Vitaly Milonov, who is also the author of the city law banning gay propaganda, said the similar federal law should apply to the guests and athletes of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

"I haven't heard the government's commentaries, but I know that the government acts in compliance with Russian laws. If a law has been passed by parliament and signed by the president, the government has no right or powers to reverse it," Milonov told Interfax on Sunday on reports that the federal law banning homosexual propaganda will not be applied to foreign participants in the Sochi Olympics.

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"Any normal athlete, or sport fan arrives to support his team and to watch sport events in their splendor, not to violate the laws of the hosting country," he said.

The Olympic Games have already aroused queries, he said.

"Enormous funding is being put into preparations for the sake of enhancing the prestige of sport competitions and encouraging young people to go to sport centers and skating rinks, and to play football instead of running to Bosco's to get a jumpsuit with the label 'Russia.' Or, when I see the terrible signboard saying that McDonald\'s is the official chain of restaurants picked for the 2014 Games, I wonder: Hasn't Russia an organization that can put a chop on a slice of bread?" he said.

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