Putin Relaxes Restrictions on Protests During Olympics

Russian President, Vladimir Putin
Russian President, Vladimir Putin

Russia will see legally permissible pro-LGBT protests during the Sochi Olympics now that Vladimir Putin has lifted his ban on protests during the games.

Pro LGBT protesters will be permitted to march between January 7th and March 21, 2014( beginning one month before the Olympics begin and ending after the Paralympics have been completed)  within certain parameters. According to the Kremlin:

“Gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets that are not directly connected to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, can be staged only after agreeing with Sochi municipal authorities and the regional department of the Interior Ministry.”

The protests will also be restricted to a particular area designated by officials.

This should ease some lesbian and gay visitors’ minds a bit about being arrested indefinitely.

Read more: Yahoo Sports News



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