LGBT Rights in Russia

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Activists around the world are calling for a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Olympics after Russia’s adoption of an anti-gay law, which bars public discussion of gay rights or relationships in any forum visible to children. Its vague wording has caused concern regarding how authorities might implement the restrictive guidelines. Protesters seek a new venue for the 2014 Winter Games, fearing that global participation in the Russian-hosted event would send a message of tolerance towards the Duma’s civil rights violations.