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Putin asks gays attending the Olympics to ‘please leave our children in peace’

SOCHI, Russia (CNN) — Russia’s Vladimir Putin said Friday said gays “can feel safe and free here” at the 2014 Winter Olympics and then added, “but please leave our children in peace.”

Putin’s remarks came as he met with volunteers for the games, the state-run Itar-Tass news agency reported.

PutinThe President said Russia, unlike some other countries, does not criminalize homosexual relationships.

“We don’t outlaw anything and don’t nab anyone,” Putin said.

“That’s why you (gays) can feel safe and free here, but please leave our children in peace,” he added.

Russia has come under international pressure since its parliament passed a law last summer outlawing “gay propaganda.” The legislation makes it illegal to tell children about gay equality.

The law has been widely criticized by Western leaders who have called it archaic and discriminatory. Human rights activists say it proves Russia is unworthy of hosting the latest Winter Olympics.

Meanwhile, last-minute construction work continues apace ahead of the expected influx of 6,000 athletes from 85 countries and thousands more visitors from around the world next month.

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12 Comments to “Putin asks gays attending the Olympics to ‘please leave our children in peace’”

    Mr Holms said:
    January 18, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    WOW Russia has got one up on us there dont they. Gay Propaganda is all over the place here
    LEAVE OUR CHILDREN IN PEACE!! Thank you

      ted said:
      January 18, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      Gay propaganda huh…? What the hell is that? Not gay, don’t care. Time for everyone to grow up. This is going to bring positive change to Russia. “GO USA”

        guest said:
        January 18, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        who would have thought Russia would have their heads on straighter than the US? go Russia!

          Kit said:
          January 18, 2014 at 12:30 PM

          Comrade go away. Maybe you should move there and be a slave to the state.

    Kit said:
    January 18, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    Putin has no business lecturing anyone about human rights or anything else. He's a dictator of a police state.

    Skip said:
    January 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Putin is a gangster/dictator. Who cares what he thinks?

    Joe said:
    January 18, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    The Russians get to keep them out of the schools.

    <?> said:
    January 18, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Do you want construction workers french kissing in front of your kid? Apparently some sickos do.

    Ralph said:
    January 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Funny how this web site advertises for Russian brides "Date Exotic Russian Girls" How slimy is that? Can't they find any real men to date in Russia? Ha ha ha

    guest said:
    January 19, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Go Russia!!

    Joe said:
    January 19, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Putin is ascending to the World's greatest leader, he makes Obama look like a fool on every front; meantime America is receding as the big influence and the Middle East is now burning where Americans recently spilled blood and billions of dollars to put down the maniacs.

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