Putin:Gays Welcome but 'Leave Children in Peace'
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that gay people should feel welcome at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but they must "leave the children in peace." (Jan. 17)

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SHOTLIST:RU-RTR - NO ACCESS RUSSIA/AP CLIENTS ONLY Sochi, Russia - 17 JANUARY 20141. Wide of Russian President Vladimir Putin arriving for talk with audience of Sochi 2014 volunteers2. Mid of volunteers3. Wide of Putin talking4. Close-up of volunteer5. SOUNDBITE: Vladimir Putin, Russian President (see transcript below) 6. Mid of volunteersAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Rio de Janeiro - 8 SEPTEMBER 2013 7. Wide of protesters walking through the streets of Rio de Janeiro as they hold rainbow flags and chantRU-RTR - NO ACCESS RUSSIA/AP CLIENTS ONLY Sochi, Russia - 17 JANUARY 20148. Various of Putin speaking to Olympic VolunteersAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Park City, Utah - 30 SEPTEMBER 20139. SOUNDBITE: Ashley Wagner, American figure skater (see transcript below) AP IMAGES - AP CLIENTS ONLY Sochi, Russia - November 27, 201310. STILL PHOTO of Olympic ParkAP IMAGES - AP CLIENTS ONLY New York, New York - November 13, 200811. STILL PHOTO of Billie Jean KingAP IMAGES - AP CLIENTS ONLY Harbin, China - April 12, 200812. STILL PHOTO of Caitlin Cahow VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:WITH LESS THAN A MONTH TO GO BEFORE THE WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOCHI, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTTIN CLARIFIES HIS STANCE ON GAY VISITORS TO THE GAMES.HERE SPEAKING TO OLYMPIC VOLUNTEERS:SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vladimir Putin, Russian President:"We aren't banning anything, we aren't rounding up anyone. We have no criminal punishment for such relations, unlike many other countries. So one can feel relaxed and at ease, but please leave the children in peace."PUTIN ON FRIDAY REFERRING TO A LAW SIGNED LAST JUNE BANNING QUOTE GAY PROPAGANDA TO MINORS. A LAW THAT DREW WIDESPREAD INTERNATIONAL CRITICISM. YET WITHIN RUSSIA, PUTIN MAINTAINS THE LAW MAKES SENSE. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Vladimir Putin, Russian President:"We have our own traditions and culture. We respect all our partners. We just ask to respect our traditions and culture."FOR MONTHS, PAST AND CURRENT OLYMPIC ATHLETES HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST THE BAN, INCLUDING U_S FIGURE SKATER, ASHLEY WAGNER:SOUNDBITE: American figure skater Ashley Wagner: "I think it's horrible the treatment that the LGBT community gets in Russia. I feel that that's at least doing something. At the same time, it's not my place to go into Russia and change the entire country. I can't personally do that."THE OFFICIAL U-S DELEGATION TO THE SOCHI OLYMPICS INCLUDES OPENLY GAY ATHLETES LIKE TENNIS LEGEND Billie Jean King AND TWO-TIME OLYMPIC ICE HOCKEY MEDALIST CAITLIN CAHOW. PADMANANDA RAMA, ASSOCIATED PRESS.