January 17, 2014 16:20
Sexual minorities can feel at ease in Russia, should stay away from kids - Putin
KRASNAYA POLYANA. Jan 17 (Interfax) - There is no punishment in Russia for homosexual relations, unlike in many other countries, and no one gets apprehended for that here, but the propaganda of homosexual relations and pedophilia is banned in this country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
"We do not ban anything, nor do we grab anyone, and unlike other countries we have no liability for such relations," Putin said at a meeting with Sochi Olympics volunteers.
In particular, some U.S. states impose a criminal liability for homosexual relations, he said. "So one can feel calm and at ease, just leave kids alone please," the president said.
One female volunteer asked the Russian president, at the behest of her foreign colleagues, about the volunteers' uniform.
"How come we have the law banning the propaganda of homosexualism, but the volunteers' uniform, its color range is rainbow?" she said.
"We have no ban on the nontraditional forms of sexual intercourse among people. We have the ban on the propaganda of homosexualism and pedophilia. I want to stress this: propaganda among minors. These are two absolutely different things: a ban on certain relations or the propaganda of such relations," said Putin, adding that it was not him who designed the uniform.
Some countries have raised the issue of legalizing pedophilia, with legislative bodies discussing it at the practical level, the Russian president said.
"Let us not meddle (with these countries) in vain. There is nothing secret about it, look it up on the Internet, and you'll find it straight away. Parties have raised the issue with certain parliaments. So what, are we supposed to shuffle behind them like puppies toward unknown consequences?! We have our own traditions, our own culture, we treat all our partners with respect and ask for our traditions and our culture to be treated with respect as well," the president said.
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