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Putin denies discrimination against gays

AMSTERDAM - Russia does not discriminate against homosexuals, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters in Amsterdam on Monday where he was greeted by gay rights and other activists critical of Russia's track record.

“In the Russian Federation - so that it is clear to everybody - there is no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities,” Putin told a press conference.

A demonstrator holds up a picture depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin with make-up, during a protest by the gay community in Amsterdam April 8, 2013. Russia does not discriminate against homosexuals, Putin told reporters in Amsterdam on Monday where he was greeted by gay rights and other activists critical of Russia's track record. Putin is on one-day visit in the Netherlands for the start of the Netherlands-Russia Year. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares. Credit: REUTERS

“These people...enjoy all the same rights and freedoms as everyone else.” - Reuters

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