On paper, Putin seems to have been exactly what Russia needed to turn her life around. In reality, not so much—at least, not for the children of Russia. He is the abusive, possessive, controlling ex-military stepfather that knows how to beat you and not leave marks, and the Russian people are the redheaded stepchildren.
President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly assured international audiences that gay people are not discriminated against, that they are not treated as second-class citizens. Pakhomov asserts that gays are welcome to the Olympic Games and that gay people don’t have to hide their sexuality in the city. Evidence shows, however, a very different story.