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U.S. Must Act Decisively to Address Unfolding HIV Epidemic in Russia, Passage of Controversial Anti-Gay Legislation

December 20, 2013

"Bravely crusading against Vladimir Putin's anti-gay law, the U.S. head of state has picked two openly gay athletes as part of a team of U.S. delegates travelling to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014," Joseph Charlton writes in an editorial in The Independent's "Independent Voices" blog. "Sadly, it is a gesture of defiance laughably incommensurate with the human rights crisis currently unfolding in Russia," he states, noting, "The country elected to host the next Olympic Games is quietly spiraling into a country-wide HIV crisis and its president's recently passed anti-gay legislation has just made things exponentially worse." He adds, "To make matters even worse, Putin's controversial anti-NGO law has made it increasingly difficult for charities working within Russia to fight HIV."

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