Russia officially bans dissent or protest at the Olympics
The protest ban’s most obvious effect will be to silence criticism on the Russian anti-gay law that bans “homosexual propaganda.” The law sparked a rash of criticism from world leaders like President Obama, LGBT activists, and athletes from around the world. The International Olympic Committee’s lack of decisive action and the Russian government’s insistence that it will enforce the law during the Games was likely to draw even more criticism and potential protests during the Olympics.
Other human rights issues may have drawn protests too. Human rights groups have criticized Russia’s treatment of migrant workers during Olympic construction and the imprisonment or silencing of journalists who have written about abuses, and Russian citizens near Sochi are unhappy about forced evictions that took place to seize land for stadium construction.
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