Putin tells gay people: stay away from our children
Whilst meeting with an array of rainbow clad volunteers for the upcoming Sochi Olympics, President Vladimir Putin told the assembled group that gay people had nothing to fear from Russia as long as they kept away from Russian children.
The President made his controversial remark at a Question and Answer session during which a volunteer asked him about Russia’s attitudes towards gay people and their attendance at the Sochi Games. The volunteer questioned how the rainbow design of the Sochi uniforms could be compatible with Russia’s current ban on homosexual propaganda.
Putin replied: "We do not have a ban on non-traditional sexual relationships. We have a ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and paedophilia. I want to underline this. Propaganda among children. These are completely different things: a ban on something, or a ban on such relationships or a ban on propaganda of such relationships."
He suggested gay people had nothing to fear from visiting Russia.
"We haven't banned anything and no one is being grabbed off the street unlike in some countries,"
He said gay people should feel "calm and at ease", before warning: . “Just leave kids alone, please”.