The most recent reassurance by the Russian government, in a letter to the International Olympics Commitee, is as vague as it ever was, and the IOC appears to have no-one on its panel to point this out.
The letter, signed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, engages in the double-talk that has so far defined these assurances accepted by the IOC, thus:
“The Russian Federation guarantees the fulfillment of its obligations before the International Olympic Commitee in its entirety”, and follows with an affirmation about its own recent anti-gay propaganda law, saying that it applies:
“equally to all persons, irrespective of their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, and cannot be regarded as discrimination based on sexual orientation”.
In a statement by IOC president Jacques Rogges, the IOC says Kozak’s letter has given “strong written reassurances from the Russian government that everyone will be welcome at the games in Sochi regardless of their sexual orientation”.
Is it perhaps time the present commitee of the IOC stepped down? They certainly do not appear to be equal to the job, as the human rights aspect of this groundhog day conversation with Russia appears to be eluding them.