Vladimir Putin admits love for Tchaikovsky to rubbish homophobic reports
New York: Russian President Vladimir Putin has hit back at reports claiming that he is homophobic, saying that he works with gay people.
In an interview with Russia`s state Channel 1 television, Putin discussed a wide range of issues, including disputes over the Syrian civil war, his relations with President Barack Obama, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and the rights of gays in Russia, the New York Post reported.
He said that he has given many awards to gays, including state prizes or decorations for their achievements in various fields.
He asserted that he has absolutely normal relations with them.
He also referred to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who was a homosexual, saying that people don`t love him because of his sexuality, but because he was a great musician.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Nitish suspends Cabinet Minister Kushwaha over alleged sting operation
- Haryana minister Krishan Bedi mocks Modi's 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'
- BJP likely to form next govt in Bihar: Mulayam Singh
- Shiv Sena spills ink on ORF chairperson Sudheendra Kulkarni's face
- Bihar Polls: Lalu Yadav's controversial tweet against Karpoori Thakur and PM Modi
- ISL 2015: Atletico de Kolkata vs Kerala Blasters - Preview
- India vs South Africa: MS Dhoni disappointed about 'gamble' not paying off
- Aarushi Talwar's grandfather breaks silence, writes open letter – Read
- OROP implementation after Bihar poll, says Manohar Parrikar
- 2015 Bihar Assembly Elections: 57% voting in first phase, women voters outnumber men