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Thursday 17 April 2014

Minister warns 'leave kids alone'

President Vladimir Putin and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak arrive for a welcoming event for International Olympic Committee members (AP)

Russia's deputy prime minister has confirmed the Kremlin's view on gay rights in Sochi, asking athletes to "leave the kids alone".

Dmitry Kozak told a news conference today that Russian organisers will not discriminate against visitors or athletes because of their sexuality, but he backed the government's support for the so-called gay propaganda law.

Mr Kozak said athletes are free to express their views and discuss their sexuality.

However, he asked them to stay away from children, saying "leave the kids alone."

Russia introduced a bill last year that outlawed the "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations." Gay groups say the law has contributed to the intolerance of sexual minorities in Russia.

AP

Press Association

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