Russia Warns Gay Athletes at Olympics Could Be Arrested

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says athletes will be arrested if they violate anti-gay laws.
1:39 | 08/01/13

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will meet with president putten as scheduled in september. Another story that could rock team usa before the winter olympics begin. The russians making threats about gay athletes and gay rielths. Could some be arrested before they begin to compete. Reporter: In over six months russia helps to welcome the world into the winter olympics in sochi. Today the sports minister warned they could be targeted if they violate the country's new anti-gay law, threatening fines, deportation or jail. Speaking about homosexuality around minors are illegal since the law was signed in june. But johnny weir, a two time olympian and openly gay american figure skater says the law isn't going to stop him. I'll take proper precautions but at the same time I won't stop being myself. I won't stop being johnny weir, the gay fabulous ice skater person walking down the street. Reporter: Homophobia is rampant in russia. Gay rights demonstrations are usually met with violence. Police often ignore the attackers and arrest the protestors. Activist say it's only gotten worse since the law was passed. Government officially permitted the attack to these people. Reporter: Could you and I be arrested for talking in public right now about you being gay? Yes, I can be arrested. Reporter: In the u.S. Activists are calling for a boycott on products like russia vodka and even participation in the olympics. So far the international olympic committee has remained silent. Back here at home tonight

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