The mayor of Sochi, host of the Winter Olympics, insists there are no gay people living in the city. However, Boris Nemtsov, former Deputy Prime Minister and now a leader of the opposition, said the mayor's claim was laughable.
"As far as I know there are several gay clubs in Sochi. How do they survive? Why they are not bankrupt?"
Last week, President Vladimir Putin said homosexuals would be welcome in Sochi for the Olympics but said, "just leave the children alone".
For someone who is so into homo-erotic imagery as he is, Putin is very vocal in his homophobia. Some might imply that he protests too much. I would have thought that with his insistence on stripping off and showing his manly chest whilst strutting around, "Equus" style on a horse at every opportunity would indicate that he would be far happier promoting a return to the original Olympic custom of naked men running around all over the place than being all bitchy about lots of gay men arriving in town.