Aug 23, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT
Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a decree outlawing public assemblies, among other security tightening measures, for a 2 1/2-month stretch including the Sochi Olympics in February.
The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, an official Russian government newspaper, published the decree Friday, according to The Associated Press.
All “gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets” that are not part of the Olympics or the Paralympics will be prohibited in Sochi from Jan. 7 to March 21, the decree said.
The Sochi Olympics run from Feb. 7-23, and the Paralympics are March 7-16.
It is not known if the decree specifically addressed Russia’s law banning the “propagandizing” of “nontraditional sexual relations” toward minors.
The Russian government sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee on Thursday saying it will not discriminate at the Olympics and at the same time defending the law.
IOC president Jacques Rogge was asked at the United Nations in New York on Friday if he was satisfied by what he’s been told about the Russian law.
“We have received strong oral but also written reassurances that there will be no discrimination for the people who will attend the Games in Sochi,” he told reporters. “We are going to inform all the National Olympic Committees and the athletes who want to have clarity that we are being comforted by the fact that the Russian Federation agrees to respect the Olympic Charter.”
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