CALM DOWN OVER ANTI-GAY LAW, SAYS RUSSIA

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MOSCOW: Critics of a controversial Russian law banning “homosexual propoganda” for minors should calm down, Russia’s sports minister said, claiming the legislation was not aimed at clamping down on rights. “I would like to ask everyone to calm down. All sportsmen and sports organizations should be calm. All their rights are going to be protected,” Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told reporters at a news conference ahead of Saturday’s opening of the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. His comments came after British actor Stephen Fry called for Russia to be barred from hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi over the “barbaric” law.

AFP

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