Russian President Vladimir Putin has decreed that demonstrations and rallies will not be allowed in Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, before, during and after the games.
The government newspaper, The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, published Putin's decree on Aug. 23, which was issued according to the president to tighten security. Putin's decree said "gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets" that are not part of the Olympics or the Paralympics will be prohibited in Sochi Jan. 7-March 21, the decree said.
The decree comes at a time when there's protest against Russia – from international officials and activists – over the country's anti-gay law against expressing so-called gay propaganda.
On Aug. 22, the International Olympic Committee received a letter from the Russian government saying that government would not discriminate against gay athletes and fans during the games but also defending the anti-gay law.
Already, Russian officials have rejected applications to open a gay Pride house for athletes and fans arriving to Sochi for the Olympics. Pride houses have been opened in other host cities for winter and summer games.