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Saturday, 08 February 2014 - 7:37
Putin signals gay rights debate must not cloud Games
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President Vladimir Putin made clear that he believed the Sochi Winter Olympics were not the place to debate Russia's treatment of gays.

Putin used a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose country has criticised Russia on gay rights, to underline the message that politics and sport should not be mixed.

The Sochi Games are vital to Putin's legacy and he has staked his personal and political reputation on their success, but he faces an outcry abroad over a law banning the spread of "gay propaganda" among minors.


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