Russian gold medallists kiss on podium in protest at country’s ‘anti-gay’ laws

18 Aug

Metro

Update: Russian athletes ‘just kissing, not protesting against anti-gay laws’

Two female athletes from Russia have kissed on the podium as they received their gold medals at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in protest at the country’s new ‘anti-gay’ laws.

Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova decided to make the statement as they went up to accept their prize for winning the 4×400 metres relay along with teammates Yulia Gushchina and Antonina Krivoshapka.

The move echoed the iconic 1968 Mexico Olympics incident where US athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos held up their fists in protest at racism in America.

The demonstration followed a backlash aimed at Russian athlete Yelena Isinbayeva after she seemingly said she supported the ‘anti- gay laws’.

MORE: David Cameron has ‘secret pub summit’ with Stephen Fry over anti-gay controversy surrounding Russian Winter Olympics

The pole vaulter had told a news conference previous protests against the government…

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