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Russia's sports minister says passing gay law before Olympics was mistake

11/18/2013 09:38 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST
MOSCOW - Russia's sports minister says passing the gay "propaganda" law that sparked calls for boycotting the Sochi Olympics was a mistake — not because of its contents but because of its timing.

Vitaly Mutko is quoted by the RBK business newspaper as saying "Perhaps the state authorities should have waited a little ... It was possible to calculate how much resonance it would cause in the West, especially in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics."

The law passed in June bans distributing so-called propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors. It does not define propaganda.

Mutko also was quoted Monday as saying foreign opposition to the law reflects resentment of Russia's strength.

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