Temperaments in Russia's LGBT community as well as from those around the world, initially exuberant, have gotten confused after two female Russian athletes denied their kiss meant anything to support the global gay movement and defy their country's stiff rules on gay propaganda.
Russian athletes Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova won the women's 4X400 metres relay gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Over the weekend during awarding ceremonies, both shared a kiss on the winners' podium to the shock, disbelief, amazement and joy of everyone who saw it.
Although both Mademoiselles Ryzhova and Firova have yet to comment, they apparently have sent feelers that it was just a plain, congratulatory kiss of joy for a job well done, despite that such behaviour, although not taboo, is not also either a customary thing in Russia tradition.
Vitaly Mutko, Russian sports minister, immediately pounced that it is the Western media that's the culprit for controversialising and putting ideas on people's heads on the country's anti-gay propaganda law.
"I think this is kind of an invented problem," he said in a press conference. "We don't have a law banning non-traditional sexual relations, we have a different law."
"It is the informational protection of the young generation. We want to prevent the young generation, whose psyche has not been formulated."
"We want to protect them against drunkenness, drugs and non-traditional sexual relations. We want them to grow up and when they become adults they have to define what they want."
Russian President Vladimir Putin in June signed into law a legislation that fines individuals up to $3,000 for promoting "nontraditional sexual relations" to minors.
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