Although there still is enough time, Russian officials have said that the actual legislation against gay propaganda will work with drastic restrictions during the Olympic competition. Russia is planning to enforce a law banning gay rights demonstrations at the 2014 Olympics, said Thursday the country’s sport minister.
Discussions between the International Olympic Committee and Russian officials covered just this. IOC specified that it had clearly answered: “the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the games.” At the same time, the IOC launched an appeal addressed to athletes to limit their activity in the Russian country to only competing and nothing more.
Probably the Russian preparations were motivated by some recent actions of American activists and organizations supportive of gay rights, which called for a ban of Russian made products in bars across North America. Possibly, in 2014 some confrontations will take place.