The Facts on LGBT Rights in Russia

The Facts on LGBT Rights in RussiaIn recent weeks, public attention to the ongoing crackdown on LGBT rights in the Russian Federation and its potential impact on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February 2014 has increased significantly. President Obama addressed the issue on the Tonight Show, saying:

“I think Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure the Olympics work, and I think they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn’t tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently. They’re athletes, they’re there to compete. And if Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track, or in the swimming pool, or on the balance beam, and people’s sexual orientation shouldn’t have anything to do with it.” 
– President Obama

The controversy is likely to escalate as President Obama heads to St. Petersburg, Russia in early September for a G-20 Summit and potential bilateral meetings with President Putin. This fact sheet summarizes the developments in Russia and the guidance that we have received to date from our colleagues in Russia. Read the Fact Sheet Here.

2 Responses to “The Facts on LGBT Rights in Russia”


  1. 1 Dr. Rex August 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    This is a very interesting read ….. facts about the situation in Russia …. plain homophobia!! In this day and age …. thx for the info!!
    Reblog: http://hrexach.wordpress.com/

  2. 2 Dr. Rex August 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Russia, LGBT laws ….. Putin … etc. Interesting read!!


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