The Russia Winter Olympics: To boycott or not to boycott

“The victim’s naked body had been dumped in a courtyard in the city of Volgograd. His skull was smashed and he had been raped with beer bottles.”

This is from the latest news report that I have read describing another reportedly homophobic brutal murder in Russia. Sadly, this incident is not an isolated one. It fits into a much wider picture of discrimination and prejudice. A report  from ILGA –Europe measuring everything from hate crime to family recognition found that Russia was the hardest country in Europe in which to be homosexual.

In addition, this summer saw the passing of a law banning, “gay propaganda”. The list of human rights concerns for the LGBT population of Russia could go on and on.

In the past few weeks however, this long-standing blight has been hurtled into the consciousness of the western liberal mind.  The hook of the winter Olympics and the ever contentious issue of boycott has got the chattering classes…well chattering.

For myself, I don’t know what I think about the proposed boycott (although I feel quite comfortable condemning the above mentioned and other human rights abuses).

And so, I thought I would draw your attention to some of the more interesting things I have read and let you make up your own mind. In the meantime, hopefully this process will hopefully help me make up my mind.

No shortage of opinions but still not sure what mine is!

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2 responses to “The Russia Winter Olympics: To boycott or not to boycott

  1. Sam

    As ever, well written and thought provoking. This ugly rise in homophobia of late seems likely to have been egged on by Putin’s increasingly fascistic rhetoric and I imagine the majority of Russians disagree with it. But the mob has been let loose, as it were.

    I think the wider world owes it to the better half of Russia – if not alone to the memory of the great and gay Tchaikovsky – to kick up a monumental fuss about this. Make Putin sweat – and if that means boycotting, let’s boycott with gay abandon…

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