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Putin says Sochi will be fully tolerant

Updated: October 28, 2013, 3:27 PM ET
Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia -- President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to assuage fears fueled by a recent Russian law banning gay "propaganda."

Speaking at a meeting with heads of Russian winter sports federations, which was also attended by visiting IOC president Thomas Bach, Putin said Sochi would be fully tolerant.

"On my own and on your behalf, I have assured Mr. President (Bach) that we will do our best, ...

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