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SBD Global/November 19, 2013/Olympics
Sochi Winter Olympics Sponsors Feel Pressure Of Russia's Anti-Gay Law
Published November 19, 2013
WAITING GAME: R-SPORT reported the Russian government "should have avoided" an int'l outcry by "waiting to pass its controversial anti-gay law" until after the Sochi Olympics. Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said, "Perhaps the state authorities should have waited a little to include the ban on homosexuality propaganda in the law. It was possible to calculate how much resonance it would cause in the West, especially in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics.” Int'l opposition to the law "is founded on resentment of Russia’s strength" (R-SPORT, 11/18).