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OLYMPIC NOTES

Russia stirs discord for Olympics with anti-gay law

You’d think that after sabotaging the 1980 Moscow Olympics by invading Afghanistan, the Russian government would think twice about provoking boycott talk with the Sochi Games six months away.

While the International Olympic Committee has been assured that the new law outlawing homosexual “propaganda” won’t affect gay athletes and visitors, international critics say that it’s a chilling example of the Vladimir Putin regime’s repressive approach to social activism. Human Rights Watch has called it “a profoundly discriminatory and dangerous bill that is bound to worsen homophobia in Russia.”

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