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Winter Olympics: Vladimir Putin Warns Homosexuals

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said homosexuals will be welcome in Sochi for the Olympics but warned them against spreading “gay propaganda”.
“We don’t have a ban on non-traditional sexual relations,” he said. “We have a ban on promoting homosexuality and paedophilia among minors.”

He was speaking in Sochi to volunteers due to help at next month’s games.

Mr Putin told BBC News Russia would ensure security for the games without it impacting unduly on the event.

Speaking to BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show nearly three weeks after the deadly suicide bombings in Volgograd, he said the international community should unite against terrorism.

Denying that the Winter Olympics was aimed at increasing his personal prestige, it said it was a chance to boost Russian morale after the difficult years which followed the collapse of the USSR in 1991.

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