Propaganda in Sochi, Russia

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics have fallen under criticism when Russian Government declared an Anti-Gay Propaganda Law, as stated on CNN. The law bans, “‘propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors.'” Bars around the United States have taken a stand to stop serving Russian vodka.

Critics are concerned with the treatment of homosexual olympians and how the law will effect participants and their viewers. According to the BBC, the games will not be effected by the Anti-Gay Propaganda Law. The Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak has assured the world that Sochi Russia stands by the Olympic Charter. The charter states that removing an athlete or not allowing them to compete on the basis of discrimination is unfair and against the “Olympic movement.”

RT, agrees with the BBC statement above, stating that the proper steps have been made to insure that the Olympics will continue as normal, however the Anti-Gay Law still stands. President Vladimir Putin, even signed a decree banning protest of homosexual couples or discriminatory rallies.

Despite the arguments made against Sochi, Russia they will adhere to the Olympic code of ethics and will not press charges against olympic athletes competing. However, the discussion is still heated. While the United States is in the mist of changing laws regarding homosexual couples, other countries still struggle with this new idea. Russian cinematographers have produced documentaries talking down about homosexual couples and the likelihood for them to live shorter lives then those of “normal” citizens (as stated in The Huffington Post).

Thus, proving that while the Olympic committee will continue to insure the equality of athletes during this Winter Olympics, they cannot insure the equality of homosexuals in Russia and their unfair treatment for years to come.


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