Thursday, August 22, 2013

Russia promises IOC that it will not discriminate while promising that it WILL discriminate

The International Olympic Committee has received a letter from Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. Kozac has given the IOC assurances that Russia will comply fully with the Olympic Charter's provision against discrimination of any kind.

But, Kozak did not back down on the issue of the new law, which penalizes anyone who distributes information aimed at "persuading minors that nontraditional relationships are normal or attractive." The law applies equally to everyone and "cannot be regarded as discrimination based on sexual orientation," Kozak wrote.

So, to summarize;

Russia promises not to discriminate but does not consider discrimination against gays to be discrimination. 

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