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​Nobody will face discrimination at Sochi Olympics, Putin pledges

Published time: January 16, 2014 14:49
Russian President Vladimir Putin (AFP Photo / Alexey Nikolsky)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AFP Photo / Alexey Nikolsky)

Russia expects more than 6,000 athletes from 85 countries, plus hundreds of thousands of spectators, to come to the Sochi Olympics and pledges that it will not allow any form of discrimination, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Russia hopes that the Games will be a big festival for sports fans from around the world, Putin told foreign ambassadors at a ceremony where he accepted their credentials in the Kremlin.

“We in Russia, of course, will be rooting for our athletes, but we wish success to all participants of the Olympics. We always can appreciate achievements of any athletes from any country,” he said.

“The Games will be held in full accordance with the Olympic Charter – without any discrimination for any reason,” Putin said.

Putin said that members of the delegations will be able to come to Russia without a visa, which would be a first for the Olympic movement. He added that Russian embassies and consular offices around the world have special departments dedicated to issuing entry permits to accredited guests of the games.

The Sochi Olympics “will brings peoples closer together, strengthen friendship, trust and partnership in the entire world,” the Russian president hopes.

Putin’s words come amid calls from gay rights activists to boycott the Olympic Games in Russia in a protest against the country’s so-called “gay propaganda law.” The controversial legislation bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors and is viewed as discriminatory by its critics.

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Al Leong 17.01.2014 23:49

The absolute, actual offenses are significant: 11:1 ratio straight/gay pedophile ratio, with 98 hetero offenders, to 1-2% gay population; with a 7.177 billion population, and assuming 0.25% offense rate, there are 17.58 million offenses against girls/boys, (by hetero male pedophiles) and 366,202 gay victims, or a victim ratio of 48 girls/boys assaulted by hetero males, to 1 boy offended by a gay (male) pedophile.


Al Leong 17.01.2014 22:56

in another study - Previous investigations have indicated that the ratio of sex offenders against female children vs. offenders against male children is approximately 2:1 Using phallometric test sensitivities to calculate the proportion of true pedophiles among various groups of sex offenders against children, and taking into consideration previously reported mean numbers of victims per offender group, the ratio of heterosexual to homosexual pedophiles was calculated to be approximately 11:1.


Al Leong 17.01.2014 22:52

Subjects were 260 sex offenders (against children age 14 or younger) and 260 matched volunteer controls. The subject's relative attraction to male and female children was assessed by phallometric testing in one analysis, and by his offense history in another. Results argue against a previous explanation of the high prevalence of homosexuality in pedophiles (25% in this study). The factors that determine sexual preference in pedophiles are different from those that determine sexual preference in men attracted to adults.

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