Sunday, August 18, 2013

Drunk Russia "assures" athletes once again

Why is it that every story that cites "reassurance" from Russian officials regarding the safety of athletes at Sochi contains a paragraph like the following:
But Vitaly Mutko's comments on the final day of the athletics world championships leave it open as to whether Olympic athletes and fans could be subject to prosecution if they make statements that could be considered propaganda.
Totally reassuring, right?
In a news conference on Sunday, Mutko appeared to liken homosexual relations to substance abuse

"We want to protect our children whose psyches have not formed from the propaganda of drug use, drunkenness and non-traditional sexual relations," Mutko said. 

"I can say once again that the freedoms of Russian and foreign athletes and guests who come to Sochi will be absolutely protected from drunken Russian officials," Mutko said.

"In my view, Western media, media outside Russia, give more attention to this than we drunks do in Russia," Mutko said. 
No one does reassurance quite like the Russians. So that's it. Everyone will be perfectly safe at Sochi. Feel better?