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Anti-LGBT law to have no impact: Sochi Games chief

People attending the Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi next February will not be affected by a controversial law which is viewed as being anti-gay, Sochi Games president Dmitry Chernyshenko said on Sunday. Chernyshenko, who masterminded the successful campaign to win the right to host the…

Obama: ‘I didn’t set a red line’ on Syria, ‘the world set a red line’

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the world had set “a red line” for Syria and the international community’s credibility was at stake if it did not take action against the regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Obama made the remarks after arriving in Sweden for a two-day visit,…

Putin: Edward Snowden ‘condemned himself to a rather difficult life’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who received asylum in Russia, is a “strange guy” who condemned himself to a difficult fate. “You know, I sometimes thought about him, he is a strange guy,” ex-KGB spy Putin said in an interview with state-run Channel One…

Putin demands U.S. prove Syria chemical weapons use

Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded on Saturday that the United States shows proof that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons, arguing that failure to do so would mean that none exists. “Regarding the position of our American colleagues, who affirm that government troops used… chemical weapons, and say that they…

‘Putin in drag’ artist seeks asylum in France

A Russian artist said Thursday he has fled to France and is applying for asylum after police seized his painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear. Police on Tuesday raided an exhibition in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, which next week hosts…

Putin bans protests at Sochi Olympics and restricts access to the city

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned protests in Sochi during the Winter Olympics next year and ordered severely restricted access to the city, according to an decree published Friday. The presidential decree published in the official newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta imposes special zones on the territory of Sochi “in order to…

Russia’s sports minister dismisses criticism of anti-gay law: ‘This is an invented problem’

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Sunday accused western media of overplaying the anti-gay issue that has plagued the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. However, Mutko insisted the controversial law was not just about homosexuality but also to protect Russian youth from ‘drugs, drinking and non-traditional relationships’ — the term…

Flooding in eastern Russia could force 100,000 to be evacuated

More than 17,000 people have been evacuated in Russia’s flood-hit Far East, a minister said Saturday, warning this figure could reach 100,000 as floodwaters wreak havoc across the region. The deluge has been declared a natural disaster in the worst-affected regions of Amur and Khabarovsk, where Russian President Vladimir Putin…

Anti-LGBT pundit Pat Buchanan backs Putin’s anti-LGBT law

Failed presidential candidate and conservative commentator Pat Buchanan lent his support to Russian President Vladimir Putin in his syndicated column on Tuesday, arguing that Putin is actually protecting Christians from discrimination. “Putin is trying to re-establish the Orthodox Church as the moral compass of the nation it had been for…

Fox News host demands escalation of nuclear hostilities with Russia over Snowden

Fox News host Gregg Jarrett on Thursday suggested that President Barack Obama should pull out of nuclear treaties and send missiles to Europe after Russian President Vladimir Putin granted asylum to National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden. During a discussion about the American president’s decision to cancel a one-on-one…

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