Russians change mind for 4th time, now claim won’t jail gays during Olympics

Reflecting growing apparently turmoil in the Kremlin and the Russian legislature, a Russian legislator claimed today that Russia will not jail gay Olympic athletes and guests during the 2104 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

This came a day after Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the Russians would in fact jail any gays that flaunted their homosexuality in public..

As for the Sports Minister, his comments came only days after a local Russian legislator, responsible for a similar anti-gay law in St. Petersburg, also said that Russia would jail gay Olympians.

MOSCOW - MAY 28: Russian police detain a gay rights activist during an attempt to hold the unauthorized gay pride parade on May 28, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. (kojoku / Shutterstock.com)

MOSCOW – MAY 28: Russian police detain a gay rights activist during an attempt to hold the unauthorized gay pride parade on May 28, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. (kojoku / Shutterstock.com)

And all of this came on the hells of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) saying last week that it had kinda sorta received promises that the Russians wouldn’t enforce the draconian anti-gay law during the Olympics.

Are you confused?  You should be.

The only apparent sense that can be made out of the multiple contradictory Russian positions on whether or not the Russians will be jailing gay Olympic athletes and guests during the Sochi games is that apparently you won’t get jailed on a Friday, but you might on a Thursday, and most definitely will on a Wednesday.

And if that isn’t bad enough, there’s no apparent word from the Russians, or the IOC, on whether the Russian authorities plan to continue letting vigilante groups kidnap and torture, on film, during the Olympic Games.  So far, the Russians have shown no interest in arresting the perpetrators, who lure anti-gay teens via Russian social media sites.

Hopefully the IOC and the Kremlin can get back to us on whether kidnapping and torture is off-limits too during the games.

Or maybe they’ll just call it a new sport: Synchronized Gay-bashing.  Because it’s certainly being synchronized by someone in a seat of authority.

Russian vigilantes show off a young gay boy they claim to have abducted and then doused with urine after entrapping him via a gay social media site.

Russian vigilantes show off a young gay boy they claim to have abducted and then doused with urine after entrapping him via a gay social media site.


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