LGBT athletes can participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but they risk arrest if they advocate for LGBT equality while in Russia, says Vitaly L. Mutko, the Russian minister of sports. Mutko's comments this week contradict a statement issued earlier by the International Olympic Committee, which said it had received assurances from Russia that its new anti-LGBT laws would not be used against athletes and spectators at the games. Human rights groups want Olympic officials to speak more forcefully against the laws and urge their repeal, though a coalition of LGBT sports groups said this week they oppose a formal boycott of the games.

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