Author Greenburg: Russians Won't Ease Anti-Gay Laws for Olympics

Friday, 27 Dec 2013 05:03 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Don't expect any relaxation of Russia's recent anti-gay legislation at the Winter Olympics in Sochi this February, according to sports historian and author Josh Greenburg.

"The majority of people living in Russia go along with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, okay?" Greenburg told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"The people there, that's their choice. That's the way that they want to conduct their affairs over in that country …

"That being said, what are the Olympic ideals? [It's] always been excellence, friendship, and respect."

Story continues below video.



Earlier this year, Putin signed a bill banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors."

Greenburg also says the upcoming games will be the most expensive ever produced, costing close to $50 billion.

"They've spent $300 million to put up an airport that can handle 4,000 people an hour. They have built 40 new, big hotels in this town of Sochi which, incidentally, it's not what you would think Russia is," he said.

"This is a beach town, a sea resort that happens to have mountains in the background where they get enough snow … Putin wants to make Sochi a destination location and this is going to be one of the key elements of his legacy is the success of this Olympics."


See the “Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now.



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

O'Reilly: Calling Me Fear-Monger Is 'Smokescreen' for Obama

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 21:32 PM

With President Barack Obama's approval ratings at record lows, some of his supporters are blaming "fearmongering" by the . . .

'Car Coach': Defective Airbags a Growing Menace to Drivers

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 19:17 PM

The number of cars carrying faulty airbags that could deploy without warning has climbed into the millions, and motorist . . .

TV360 CEO: Illegal Immigration Is Issue No. 1

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 18:48 PM

A businessman and filmmaker who says he is in "the exploratory phase" of a presidential run calls illegal immigration th . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved