Anatoly Pakhomov
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Sochi mayor tells BBC: No gay people in our town

27 January 2014 Last updated at 09:41 GMT

The mayor of Sochi, host of the Winter Olympics, has said there are no gay people in the city.

Anatoly Pakhomov said homosexuals were welcome at the Games, as long as they "respect Russian law" and "don't impose their habits on others".

Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov said there were several gay bars in Sochi.

In June 2013, Russia passed a law banning the promotion of "non-traditional" sexuality to under-18s, which was widely seen as an attack on gay rights.

John Sweeney reports.

Panorama: Putin's Games, BBC One, Monday 27 January at 20:30 GMT and then available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.