The former Department of Homeland Security secretary and current Olympic delegate discussed security and LGBT rights ahead of the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, next month.
A so-called exposé that aired on Russian television this week reveals that government officials recorded private conversations between LGBT activists and international human rights organizations in October.
But Thomas Bach did propose an alternate meeting with Russian activists at the IOC's headquarters in Switzerland.
Russian president Vladimir Putin told national sports officials today that his administration will 'do everything' to make sure LGBT athletes and spectators are 'comfortable' at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The International Olympic Committee said it doesn't have the authority to interfere with the laws of the nation hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Outspoken American pastor Scott Lively claims to have inspired Russia's recent ban on "homosexual propaganda."
Masha Gesen, a gay journalist in Russia, continued to speak out about what she calls the Kremlin's 'gay hate campaign' in a CNN roundtable discussion last week.
The Olympic Truce, a statement of international goodwill, says Russia 'will promote social inclusion without discrimination of any kind.'