Russia confirms it will arrest athletes who violate anti-gay laws during Winter Olympics

London: Russia`s interior ministry has confirmed that athletes at the Winter Olympics will be arrested if they breach Russia`s controversial gay propaganda laws.

According to, the ministry, which is responsible for the country`s police expressed that the law enforcement agencies can have no qualms with people who do not commit homosexual acts, do not conduct any kind of provocation and take part in the Olympics peacefully.

Earlier this year Russian president Vladimir Putin enacted a ban on the promotion of non-traditional sexual lifestyles to minors, which could include holding a rainbow flag or attending gay rights marches, the report said.

However, the ministry said that the suggestion gay athletes would be prevented from taking part was totally unfounded and contrived.

Earlier this month British broadcaster Stephen Fry wrote an open letter to David Cameron, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge and Lord Coe urging them to boycott the Winter Games, and the prime minister rejected the appeal, however, saying he preferred to protest against the anti-gay laws by attending and lodging objections in person, the report added.