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Vladimir Putin to gay people in Sochi: ‘Leave children in peace, please’

Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting in Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow January 15, 2014. Putin appointed the director of a leading steel company as the interim governor of one of Russia’s main industrial regions on Wednesday, replacing Mikhail Yurevich, a target of graft investigations by the opposition. REUTERS/Mikhail Metzel/RIA Novosti/Kremlin (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


Russian president Vladimir Putin said gay people can feel calm and at ease in Sochi, “but leave children in peace, please,” on Friday.

Putin made the comment at a meeting with Olympic volunteers, according to R-Sport.

The comment came one day after Putin repeated there will be no discrimination at the Sochi Olympics, which begin Feb. 6.

In June, Putin signed a law banning the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations toward minors in Russia.

Putin also said that volunteers could fill empty seats at Sochi venues, according to R-Sport. It was reported Thursday that about 30 percent of tickets remained unsold for the Olympics.

“Why should places go empty?” Putin said. “It’s better that they’re filled, and occupied by people who love sport.”

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