As the LGBT community ramps up its protest of Russia's recently enacted "gay propaganda" law, the lawmaker responsible for its existence released a statement saying Olympic athletes and tourists will be subject to its penalties.
Vitaly Milonov, the St. Petersburg politician who co-sponsored the bill that gave birth to the controversial ban, told Interfax that a Russian law, once approved by the federal legislature and signed by the president, cannot be suspended.
"As a sporting organization," the statement continued, "what we can do is to continue to work to ensure that the Games can take place without discrimination against athletes, officials, spectators and the media."
Human Rights Campaign CEO Chad Griffin dismissed the IOC's claims, telling NBCUniversal's CEO Stephen Burke [pdf] "there is no way to guarantee the safety and security of openly-LGBT Olympic visitors in a country now defined by this draconian state-sponsored homophobia and transphobia."
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