Sexual Diversity and the Sochi 2014 Olympics: No More by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj (auth.)

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2011) The changing dynamics of Russian politics, in Dutkiewicz and Trenin, Russia: The Challenges of Transformation, 90.  Dutkiewicz, P. (2011) Missing in translation: reconceptualising Russia’s developmental state, in Dutkiewicz and Trenin, Russia: The Challenges of Transformation, 21.  Yakunin, V. (2011) Russia and the west: toward understanding, in Dutkiewicz and Trenin, Russia: The Challenges of Transformation, 439. html.  Goscilo, H. , Putin as Celebrity and Cultural Icon (London: Routledge), 25.

As a protest against the anti-gay laws, Konstantin Altunin depicted the two men wearing women’s lingerie, with Putin brushing Medvedev’s hair. Police closed down the exhibit and seized the paintings, and Altunin left the country to seek asylum in France, a wise move considering the fate of some earlier artists. 88 Two years earlier, the Russian government removed work by two Siberian artists known as the Blue Noses from an exhibit that was to be sent to Paris. The show included the well-known photograph of two Russian policemen kissing, an image later popularized by British graffiti artist Banksy.

Not an excuse, obviously, and I’m very sorry about it, but there might be corruption in this country, there was corruption before. ’14 As events unfolded, it appeared easier for the Olympic industry to wash its hands of corruption than to deal with the implications of Russia’s anti-gay legislation. In September, following a site visit to Sochi, Killy issued assurances that the IOC was ‘satisfied’ there would be no discrimination,15 despite evidence of ongoing vigilante violence against sexual minorities in Russia, and authorities’ failure to protect those targeted or to charge the perpetrators.

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