Video surfaces of Putin hugging gay medalist

2014-02-13 00:47:51 GMT2014-02-13 08:47:51(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Russian president Vladimir Putin "cuddled" with Ireen Wust, Dutch speedskater who's one of the few openly gay/bisexual athletes at the Sochi Games.

Russian president Vladimir Putin Russian president Vladimir Putin "cuddled" with Ireen Wust, Dutch speedskater who's one of the few openly gay/bisexual athletes at the Sochi Games
Russian president Vladimir Putin Russian president Vladimir Putin "cuddled" with Ireen Wust, Dutch speedskater who's one of the few openly gay/bisexual athletes at the Sochi Games
Russian president Vladimir Putin Russian president Vladimir Putin "cuddled" with Ireen Wust, Dutch speedskater who's one of the few openly gay/bisexual athletes at the Sochi Games
Russian president Vladimir Putin Russian president Vladimir Putin "cuddled" with Ireen Wust, Dutch speedskater who's one of the few openly gay/bisexual athletes at the Sochi Games
Russian president Vladimir Putin Russian president Vladimir Putin "cuddled" with Ireen Wust, Dutch speedskater who's one of the few openly gay/bisexual athletes at the Sochi Games

 

The significance of this is obvious: Putin has taken a vocal public against what Russia terms gay "propaganda."

"He congratulated me and asked if everything was okay in Russia, and I congratulated him on Olga Graf, of course, for her third place" finish, Wust told a Dutch news organization. "He was happy to see me, but then he had to leave again.”

In the video, provided by Russian news organization Russia Today, Putin also spoke German and tipped back a glass of beer.

 

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