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Strip Russia Of Olympics Over Anti-Gay Laws, Says Stephen Fry


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British actor Stephen Fry on Wednesday called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to deprive Russia of its right to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi over a "barbaric" law against homosexuals.


Russian President Vladimir Putin in June signed into law legislation that punishes the dissemination of information about homosexuality to minors but which activists say can be used for a broad crackdown against gays.


"The IOC absolutely must take a firm stance on behalf of the shared humanity it is supposed to represent against the barbaric, fascist law that Putin has pushed through the Duma" lower house of parliament, Fry wrote on his personal website in an open letter to the IOC and British Prime Minister David Cameron.


"An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillehammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world," he added.


Fry, who boasts six million followers on Twitter and is openly gay, is a well known figure in Russia through his television appearances and books.


He visited the country in March this year to meet and confront one of the initiators of the anti-gay law in Saint Petersburg.


There is growing concern that the law banning "gay propaganda" could be used against athletes at the games. Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said last week that while gay athletes are welcome in Sochi they have to obey Russian law.


Foreigners found guilty of violating the law can not only be fined up to 5,000 rubles ($156, 114 euros) but face administrative arrest of up to 15 days and eventual deportation.


Gay activists have also been calling for a boycott of Russian vodka, whose brands have traditionally been popular in gay clubs. Meanwhile the hashtags #BoycottRussia and #BoycottSochi have become increasingly popular on Twitter.




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In the Congress of Communist parties 1953. in Moscow, Mao Tse Tung exclaimed:


"Why are we so much worried about a nuclear war? We know 40% of the planet's population would survive it, if we initiated it, we will be, and our ideas, winninig, forever".


That had sent chilly spills down the spinal cords of the roughs and toughs attending the congregation.


What Putin is doing is a soft version of that: not in my house, let them degenerate themselves. One generation, we will be on the top.

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And what about the Football World Cup in Qatar?


Yep, that shows best the hypocrisy of the Western sports organizations and media.



Since 2004, Article 296 of the current Penal Code (Law 11/2004) stipulate imprisonment between 1 and 3 years for sodomy (homosexual acts between adult males).

In 1995 an American citizen visiting Qatar was sentenced to six months in prison and 90 lashes, for homosexual activity.[4] In the 1990s, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration informed Philippine workers that gay workers were prohibited in Qatar. This was in response to several mass arrests and deportations of Philippine workers in Qatar, for homosexuality.


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