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Russian Sports Official Defends Anti-Gay Law, Compares Gays To Nazis

The unveiled Sochi 2014 Olympic Gold Medal.  (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

The unveiled Sochi 2014 Olympic Gold Medal. (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

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(CBS) Russia’s new anti-gay law has caused a storm of criticism as the world prepares for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Now, the county’s World Cup chief, Alexey Sorokin, is adamantly defending the legislation, which bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.”

“The Olympics and World Cup are not a stage for various views …,” Sorokin told World Football Insider. “Not for Nazis, not for any other ways of life.

“Would you like a World Cup where naked people are running around displaying their homosexuality? The answer to that is quite obvious.

Russia’s new anti-gay legislation makes it illegal for people to publicly discuss gay rights around children or support gay rights with parades or other public events.