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Russian Athletes Defy Anti-Gay Law With Same-Sex Podium Kiss

  • World
  • 08.19.13 01:37 PM EDT

Russian runners Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firov face legal trouble in Russia for a same-sex podium kiss after winning a championship relay in Moscow. The action may have been a political statement against Russia's anti-gay laws but the two have yet to confirm.

Even if it was a simple act of affection, the public display violates the law bans homosexual ‘propaganda’ in advance of the Sochi Olympic games. The legislation has sparked international outrage and worldwide protests.