Sickening facts behind Russia’s Olympic facade

Sickening facts behind Russia’s Olympic facade

Sickening facts behind Russia’s Olympic facade

First published in Letters by

I WATCHED Channel 4’s Dispatches on February 5 – how utterly nauseating. If people see this before watching the Winter Olympics, they can keep in mind what is going on behind the scenes.

Gays are being hunted for Sunday sport by vigilante groups on the pretext that all gays are paedophiles. Self-congratulatory video clips are posted on the web showing shocking scenes of violence and humiliation. It’s now cool to go on “safari” hunts and catch those “animals”.

The Russian Orthodox Church colludes by condemning homosexuality and gay marriage is seen as a foretaste of Armageddon.

But worst of all, the Government passed a law in 2012 forbidding “propaganda” about any lifestyle outside “the norm” and now stays silent in the face of these outrages. The police harass gay protesters and don’t protect those being attacked.

Even heterosexual supporters of gay rights are now being targeted and teachers are losing their jobs for speaking out against the rising tide of hatred and violence.

Gay parents fear that their children may be taken into care under this pernicious “propaganda” law which can be twisted to criminalise them.

Russia decriminalised homosexuality 15 years ago but I was horrified to witness in vivid detail what is happening to ordinary citizens in Russia today.

Sue Lister, Curlew Glebe, Dunnington, York.

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2:11pm Mon 10 Feb 14

sounds weird but says...

Yes its such a shame that in this day and age this view is still taken - they need to get with it!
Yes its such a shame that in this day and age this view is still taken - they need to get with it! sounds weird but
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2:56pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Jonthan says...

I agree with everything the letter writer says. Sochi should have been boycotted. Much of the blame lies with the Olympic movement for allowing the games to go to a country which encourages hatred for gays. If there is a single attack on a gay man or woman anywhere in Russia during the games, the athletes should return home the same day.

However Russia has no death penalty. Where was the international outcry when the 2002 Olympics went to Salt Lake in Utah, a state which imposes a death penalty? Most American states administer death by lethal injection, where the victim dies in agony sometimes suffering for up to 40 minutes.The great majority of victims are poor and from minorities.
I agree with everything the letter writer says. Sochi should have been boycotted. Much of the blame lies with the Olympic movement for allowing the games to go to a country which encourages hatred for gays. If there is a single attack on a gay man or woman anywhere in Russia during the games, the athletes should return home the same day. However Russia has no death penalty. Where was the international outcry when the 2002 Olympics went to Salt Lake in Utah, a state which imposes a death penalty? Most American states administer death by lethal injection, where the victim dies in agony sometimes suffering for up to 40 minutes.The great majority of victims are poor and from minorities. Jonthan
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4:08pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Zetkin says...

Homosexuality was decriminalised after the October Revolution of 1917, but recriminalised by Stalin. Putin presumably therefore sees himself as a new Stalin or a latter-day Tsar. Either way human rights and democracy are under severe threat in "modern" Russia.

It's sad to see the IOC effectively backing Putin on the grounds that he's enforcing Russian law as it stands. This is precisely the sort of logic that saw the IOC bolstering Hitler at the Berlin games of 1936. Coe and the rest should hang their heads in shame, because their stance is giving succour to the fascist gangs who are terrorising Russian citizens who have done no wrong.
Homosexuality was decriminalised after the October Revolution of 1917, but recriminalised by Stalin. Putin presumably therefore sees himself as a new Stalin or a latter-day Tsar. Either way human rights and democracy are under severe threat in "modern" Russia. It's sad to see the IOC effectively backing Putin on the grounds that he's enforcing Russian law as it stands. This is precisely the sort of logic that saw the IOC bolstering Hitler at the Berlin games of 1936. Coe and the rest should hang their heads in shame, because their stance is giving succour to the fascist gangs who are terrorising Russian citizens who have done no wrong. Zetkin
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9:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Prob says...

Zetkin wrote:
Homosexuality was decriminalised after the October Revolution of 1917, but recriminalised by Stalin. Putin presumably therefore sees himself as a new Stalin or a latter-day Tsar. Either way human rights and democracy are under severe threat in "modern" Russia.

It's sad to see the IOC effectively backing Putin on the grounds that he's enforcing Russian law as it stands. This is precisely the sort of logic that saw the IOC bolstering Hitler at the Berlin games of 1936. Coe and the rest should hang their heads in shame, because their stance is giving succour to the fascist gangs who are terrorising Russian citizens who have done no wrong.
Homosexuality is not illegal in Russia. It is illegal to promote it, which makes it pretty much the same as us when Thatcher introduced section 28 in 1988.

I'm not condoning it any way, but people would do well to direct their anger at other countries that actively kill and jail gay people.

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[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: Homosexuality was decriminalised after the October Revolution of 1917, but recriminalised by Stalin. Putin presumably therefore sees himself as a new Stalin or a latter-day Tsar. Either way human rights and democracy are under severe threat in "modern" Russia. It's sad to see the IOC effectively backing Putin on the grounds that he's enforcing Russian law as it stands. This is precisely the sort of logic that saw the IOC bolstering Hitler at the Berlin games of 1936. Coe and the rest should hang their heads in shame, because their stance is giving succour to the fascist gangs who are terrorising Russian citizens who have done no wrong.[/p][/quote]Homosexuality is not illegal in Russia. It is illegal to promote it, which makes it pretty much the same as us when Thatcher introduced section 28 in 1988. I'm not condoning it any way, but people would do well to direct their anger at other countries that actively kill and jail gay people. http://www.theguardi an.com/commentisfree /2014/feb/05/russia- anti-gay-law-critici sm-playing-into-puti n-hands Prob
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