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posted Friday, June 21, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 25
Activists call for boycott of 2014 Olympics
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Activists call for boycott of 2014 Olympics

Rights group says Russian city is unsafe for LGBT visitors

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A U.S.-based group of Russian LGBT rights activists have called on Gay athletes and spectators to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics, to be held in Sochi, Russia.

The group, calling itself RUSA LGBT, is made up of LGBT exiles from Russia and the former Soviet republics.

'LGBT people in Russia are scared, they live in fear, and we want people to be aware of the issue. If they feel strongly about human rights they should boycott the Olympics in Sochi,' said RUSA LGBT co-president Nina Long.

'We really want the LGBT community to know it's unsafe to travel there,' she said in an interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

IOC PLEDGES TOLERANCE
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) told RIA Novosti in a statement that the IOC has a long commitment to nondiscrimination against Olympic athletes, adding that 'athletes of all orientations will be welcome at the Games.'

The IOC statement did not ease her concerns, Long said.

'They have to put up the statement like that, otherwise it's an international scandal, but it's a lie ... it's just to make it hush-hush and nice on some international level,' she said.

RUSA LGBT has several hundred LGBT members from Russia and surrounding countries of the former Soviet Union who live now in the New York area, Long said. The group is planning to march and hand out flyers with information about the proposed boycott at the New York Pride Parade, on June 30. The parade will feature a Russian float for the first time.

WORSENING CLIMATE
Long said the issue of LGBT rights in Russia and former Soviet countries is more urgent now than ever before, because a growing conservative movement across the region has led to new anti-Gay laws and a homophobic environment.

So-called 'Don't Say Gay' laws that forbid 'pro-Gay propaganda' have been enacted in Russian cities like St. Petersburg, and a similar bill passed the lower house of Russia's parliament on June 11.

Such laws give 'government-issued license to anyone who wants to persecute Gays,' said Ivan Savvine, who sought asylum because of his sexual orientation shortly after he came to the United States in 2004.

'It became really dangerous for me to live there. There was quite a bit of violence that I was faced with, and unfortunately there are no longer isolated instances of persecution. It's definitely escalated,' Savvine said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

'It's getting worse and worse,' said Alexander Kargaltsev, a political activist from Moscow who said he was persecuted for his sexual orientation and beaten by police in Moscow in 2009. He came to the United States in 2010, when he won a scholarship to the New York Film Academy, and immediately applied for asylum.

POLICE NO HELP
'We've had clients in Russia who've been beaten by police, but more often it's vigilante groups and thugs engaging in social cleansing, and unfortunately the police don't do anything to offer protection,' said Aaron Morris, senior staff attorney for Immigration Equality, a national organization that advocates for LGBT equality under U.S. immigration law and offers legal counsel to those seeking asylum.

The U.S. team boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and in retaliation the Soviet Union boycotted the subsequent Summer Olympics in 1984, held in Los Angeles.

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