In Putin’s Russia, “Better” Gets You

The New York Review of Books asks and answers “Why Sochi?”

AT&T is the first US Olympic Committee sponsor to condemn a vague 2013 Russian law that many believe basically outlaws public sentiment in favor of gay rights.  On paper, it prohibits pro-gay “propaganda” from being distributed to minors.  Given that Russia is Russia and Putin is Putin, this could and probably does mean a million other things.  At the most basic level, the Kremlin has made sure that there’s no Russian phrase for “It Gets Better.”  DeVry University and Chobani have now also expressed disdain for the Russian law.

Now that Russia is killing dogs in the street (“biological trash,” those in charge say), twitter is on fire.

I won’t be watching these games.  Screw this.


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