The Russian president contends LGBT people will be welcome in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, as long as they don't try to speak to children.
The multimedia outlet published the first of a five-part series titled 'Young and Gay in Putin's Russia.'
The nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda doesn't go far enough because the very existence of gay people is a threat to children, claims Ivan Okhlobystin.
The Russian president says his nation is most concerned with producing a smooth-running Winter Olympics where all athletes are treated equally.
Russia's Constitutional Court dismissed a challenge from one of the nation's most prominent LGBT activists contending that the nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda violated the Russian Constitution.
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.
Dasha Stern was 22 years old when she took her own life after being fired under Russia's nationwide ban on so-called homosexual propaganda.
The out MSNBC anchor will serve as a cohost of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, scheduled to take place in Moscow this November.