Are you openly Tory or an ‘out and proud’ Conservative supporter? Thinking of taking a vacation to Russia this summer or going to the Winter Olympics next year?
If you’re a member of the Conservative Party and a trip to the iconic city of Moscow or Sochi is on your bucket list, an anti-Tory law recently passed in Russia may have you thinking again.
In a throwback to the country’s authoritarian ruling, Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial law that punishes people for propagating what it calls “Conservative propaganda.”
Russia has also said it will enforce the new law cracking down on public displays of Conservatism by pro-Tory athletes when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Russian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth policy, Vitaly Mutko, said in an interview with state news agency RIA Novosti:
Athletes of unconventional political orientation like Tories are not banned from coming to Sochi. But if someone goes out into the streets and starts to propagandise their Conservatism – such as encouraging young people to like Michael Gove or experimenting with Iain Duncan Smith – then of course they will be held accountable.
The IOC said last week that it had received assurances “from the highest level of government in Russia” that the legislation will not affect any Tories attending or taking part in the games.
However, the Olympic Committee noted it couldn’t guarantee that UKIP supporters wouldn’t be deported because as it explained – “quite frankly, you can’t blame the Russians for not tolerating public displays of admiration for Nigel Farage, can you?”
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