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British Actor Calls For Russia To Be Stripped Of Winter Olympics

British author and writer Stephen Fry at London's WorldPride parade last year.
British actor and writer Stephen Fry has called for Russia to be stripped of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to that country’s new antigay laws.

Fry, a gay rights activist, sent a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on August 7 asking them not to give Russian President Vladimir Putin "the approval of the civilized world."

Fry's comments come after Moscow introduced a law earlier this year that banned "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and set fines for people staging gay pride rallies.

Fry wrote that "an absolute ban" on the Winter Olympics being held in Russia is "simply essential."

His comments came after Russia's sports minister said last week that the law would be enforced during the Sochi Games.

Based on reporting by "The Guardian" and