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Russia sports minister questions timing of anti-gay law

Vitaly Mutko

(FILES) A file picture taken on September 30, 2012, shows Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko attending a news conference in Moscow. Mutko called today to build “beautiful stadiums” for the FIFA World Cup-2018 in Russia to attract more spectators to the stands to watch the “big game.” AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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Vitaly Mutko, the Russian sports minister, suggested the government could have waited until after the Sochi Olympics to pass its gay “propaganda” law.

“Perhaps the state authorities should have waited a little to include the ban on homosexuality propaganda in the law,” Mutko told the RBK newspaper, according to R-Sport. “It was possible to calculate how much resonance it would cause in the West, especially in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics.”

The law banning the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations toward minors in Russia was passed in June.

“The West’s reaction to the law is part of the relationship to our country,” Mutko said, according to R-Sport. “Russia’s gaining momentum in all areas, including in sport. No one in the world needs that. They liked it when we were weak.”

Photo: Russian police spots Olympian skeleton workout in Sochi

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