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Putin stresses 'gay propaganda' law

Updated: January 17, 2014, 10:38 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SOCHI, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin sought Friday to reassure gay visitors to the Sochi Olympics that they are welcome in Russia but said they must "leave the children in peace."

Responding to a question from an Olympics volunteer during a visit in the Black Sea resort city, Putin vowed that gays face no discrimination in Russia and could feel "at ease."

But he emphasized that because of a Russian law banning gay "propaganda" among minors, they cannot express their ...

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