Stephen Fry urges PM to join Olympic protest

Broadcaster Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry said President Putin is "making scapegoats of gay people." Credit: PA wire

Stephen Fry has urged the Prime Minister to support a campaign to strip Russia of the 2014 Winter Olympics amid concerns about anti-gay laws passed in the country.

In an open letter on his website, the broadcaster said President Vladimir Putin "is making scapegoats of gay people" and "cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world."

Politicians in Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, have passed a law imposing heavy fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under 18.

Last month the IOC said it had "received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games."

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Fry calls for protest symbol

Stephen Fry says athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi should create a "symbol" during the Games to show support for gay people in Russia. David Cameron said he believes it would be better to "challenge prejudice" rather than boycott the event.