‘Leave children alone’ – Putin on gay rights in
Published time: January 18, 2014 13:38
Vladimir Putin explained to Sochi-2014 Olympic Games volunteers the difference
between the ban on gay propaganda among underage minors in Russia and criminal
prosecution of homosexuals in some countries.
“There is no ban for homosexual relations in Russia, yet propaganda of
homosexuality among minors – and pedophilia in particular – are prohibited,” Putin said during a Q&A session with
volunteers at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The president stressed that a ban on certain kind of relations and an
interdiction on propaganda of such relations are “totally different
“We neither disallow anything [homosexual] nor bust anybody [who’s
gay], we have no criminal liability for such relations – as opposed to many
other countries of the world,” the
“So you can feel calm and relaxed – but leave the children alone,
please,” Putin demanded, recalling that in some
countries the issue of legalizing pedophilia has been discussed openly.
“We’re not going to take up that lead towards unknown consequences
like weak-willed underlings,” the
Russian president stated. “We have our own traditions and our own
culture. We treat with respect all of our partners and we anticipate that our
traditions and culture are respected.”
“gay propaganda” law introduces fines for propaganda of non-traditional sex
relations to minors, including in the media, on the internet and via viral
adverts. The law stipulates fines for giving children propaganda about
Earlier in January, a group of 27 Nobel laureates wrote an open letter
to President Putin urging him to repeal the so-called “gay propaganda
law” as it “inhibits the freedom of local and foreign” LGBT
International Olympic Committee says that Russia’s legislation doesn't violate
the Olympic movement’s rules.
Moreover, on Friday a senior Italian member of the International
Olympic Committee has urged “not to let politics interfere with the
Olympics” and slammed the US for its decision to include openly gay
athletes in its official Sochi delegation just to “demonstrate” that in their
country gay rights have been established.
contest for volunteer positions of the Sochi-2014 Winter Olympics was
announced, nearly 200,000 applications were filed from all regions of Russia
and nearly 60 countries.
As a result,
25,000 young people were chosen to work at the Sochi Olympics as volunteers.
This makes up over 35 percent of all the personnel at the Games.
“We rely on you very much.
Volunteers create the atmosphere of the Games,” Putin told the volunteers in the Sochi’s
Krasnaya Polyana winter sports center. He added that the festive atmosphere at
the sporting event and the holiday spirit of sportsmen and guests greatly
depends on the volunteers.
“A sports tournament is a festival. Sporting competitions are always
associated with emotions, with the inner turmoil of its participants, which one
way or another is projected on staff and on you. You need to be aware of this,
have a good sense of humor to balance all this within yourself and your soul,
to show externally only positive emotions,” the president said.
Black Sea resort city of Sochi hosts the Winter Olympics on February 7-23, with
the Paralympics to follow on March 7-16.
Fish with deadly levels of radioactive cesium have been caught just off the coast of Fukushima prefecture, as scientists continue to assess the damage caused to the marine food chain by the 2011 nuclear disaster.
One of the samples of the 37 black sea bream specimens caught some 37 kilometers south of the crippled power plant tested at 12,400 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, making it 124 times deadlier than the threshold considered safe for human consumption, Japan’s Fisheries Research Agency announced.
The samples were caught at the mouth of the Niidagawa river in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on November 17. Two other fish caught there also tested non-safe for human consumption, showing radiations levels of 426 and 197 becquerels per kilogram. The rest of the fish were reportedly within safety limits.
Black sea bream are currently restricted from being fished in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and sold for human consumption, as scientists from the Fisheries Research Agency say they plan to investigate the source of the contamination further.
After the Fukushima disaster, Japan lowered its threshold for cesium levels in food from 500 becquerels per kg to 100 becquerels per kilo, making the country’s regulations six times stricter than European Union standards. The record cesium reading was recorded last year when a fish caught near the plant carried 740,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram.
Professor Chris Busby from the Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk and a member of the UK Department of Health Committee Examining Radiation Risk for Internal Emitters (CERRIE), says that despite a high level of radiation in the marine food chain, Japan so far is the only one dealing with a direct threat.
“The concentrations of radionuclides, which are going to the Pacific or have been injected to the Pacific, by the time they get to the US, and to China and to South East Korea and so on will not be enormously high,” Busby told Voice of Russia.
Yet the scientist warned that nuclear contamination of Japan could result in 400-800 extra cancer cases in Japan in the next fifty years.
“We’ve already seen some effects in infant mortality and thyroid cancer in Japan,” Busby said. “So I think this is just going to get worse. I think we are going to see a major effect on the general health of the Japanese population in Northern Japan. There’s going to be a decrease in the birth rate and an increase in the death rate.”
In the meantime, TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear site, reported radiation levels 8 times government safety guidelines. TEPCO told press that the predominant reason behind the sharp increase in radiation at the plant was X-rays coming from storage tanks holding radioactive water that has been leaking from the Fukushima facility.
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