Russia’s pride in Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, even though he was gay, is proof that the country does not discriminate against homosexuals, President Vladimir Putin said.
Putin was apparently seeking to ease concerns that a new law banning “gay propaganda” will be used to clamp down on gay rights.
“Tchaikovsky was gay — although it’s true that we don’t love him because of that — but he was a great musician and we all love his music. So what?,” Putin said in an interview with Russian state Channel 1 television.
“There is no cause to make a mountain out of a molehill, nothing scary or terrible is happening here in our country.”
Asked whether he would meet members of the gay and lesbian community, Putin said, “I assure you that I work with these people, I sometimes award them with state prizes.”
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1. discriminate v.
歧視 (qi2 shi4)
例: This rule discriminates against single people.
2. clamp down v. phr.
鎮壓；取締 (zhen4 ya1; qu3 di4)
例: The government clamped down on rioters on the streets last night.
3. make a mountain out of a molehill idiom
小題大作 (xiao3 ti2 da4 zuo4)
例: Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
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