The opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics is just days away. As LGBT athletes from around the world converge on Russia, advocates, legal professionals and the LGBT community are asking: How will the Russian government’s anti-gay laws impact the games, the athletes and visitors? In June, Russia enacted an anti-LGBT propaganda law that drew international criticism. In recent days, as world media has questioned Vladmir Putin and the Russian government about the law’s implementation during the Games, officials’ responses have done little to quell serious concerns among human rights advocates and monitors. Speakers included Dmitri Bartenev, who is currently practicing law and teaching international law and human rights at St. Petersburg State University; Arkady Gyngazov, former manager of Central Station Nightclub in Moscow who is seeking asylum in the United States; Michael Sisitzky, a staff attorney for Immigration Equality; and Robert Wintemute, a professor of Human Rights Law in the School of Law, King’s College, University of London where he teaches European Union Law, Human Rights Law, and Anti-Discrimination Law.
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