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German president to say no to Sochi games

  • German President Joachim Gauck is the latest high-profile figure to say no to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 

    Gauck cited human rights abuses as well as harassment of the political opposition as reasons for the boycott. The Russian government has been informed of his decision but there hasn't been any comment as of yet. 

    Moreover, right violations in the country including anti-gay laws, which will apply to athletes, have led activists to call for the Games to either be moved or boycotted. 

    "An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential," Actor Stephen Fry said. 

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