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Canadian bobsledder Justin Kripps says Russia is blocking his website

- February 7th, 2014

Canadian bobsledder Justin Kripps says his website has been censored by the Russian government.

Kripps tweeted: “Looks like my website is censored in Russia, haha classic #SochiProblems I wonder if there’s a camera in my room.”

 

He included a screenshot with his tweet that included a notice in Russian and a link to the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications, a government site that monitors websites.

Kripps, the pilot of one of the Canadian four-man bobsled teams, drew some attention prior to the Olympics when he posted a picture of the team in their underwear, drawing kudos from members of the LGBT community.

Russia, of course, passed a controversial law last year, banning all gay propaganda.

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13 comments

  1. Guy Bellavance | February 7, 2014 at 10:31 am

    All athletes from countries who support human rights should wear the multicolored flag on their left upper arm during the opening and closing ceremonies. Any country with any respect for human rights should have this flag flying alongside their country’s flag. As Martin Luther King said “What scares me is not the oppression of tyrants, it is the indifference of good souls!” We cannot be indifferent. A spark of evil left unattended will grow, and eventually engulf everyone in its passage.

  2. Ernest | February 7, 2014 at 10:34 am

    What a embarrassment this guy is and and he waisted a the time of his Team and for Canada. And you could have shown class instead you are a disappointment. I believe that those who are going to the Olympics and going with out a agenda except to do their best and give show respect to their Sport, Olympics, and the Host City are the ones that are the True Athletes and Our Hero’s
    Thank you To Those Athletes. GO CANADA GO

  3. Stas | February 7, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Keep your gay agenda to yourself!….Go, Russia, and arrest all disgusting ‘guests’ who do not obey the law!…

  4. Paul | February 7, 2014 at 10:58 am

    The Olympics is a place for excellence in sport and not a platform to voice opinions or personal agenda’s. This Canadian athlete should sadly be sent home now as this was a very bad choice on his part rightly or wrongly
    A fellow Canadian

    PLM

  5. Guy | February 7, 2014 at 11:03 am

    At least in Russia you know that your website is being monitored, not like in Canada and the U.S.. Obama is watching.

  6. Doug | February 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Ernest its called FREEDOM!!!! Sure they got a nice little spot for you in Russia if you don’t support it.

  7. Ernest | February 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Human rights are being violated all the time in Canada, and U.S and nobody says anything about but the Amendment 5 that the Russian Government put in place has not mention of the LGBT or any rights except the right to protect the Development of Children and no propaganda and any kind of persuasion as being done in the media and Celebrities in north America. And the games Athletes participating in the right to no interference and doing your best for you Country,Family yourself and that is a Right to no bias. And I believe that the Media and the some Countries are being bias and should be ashamed of them selfs look at your own back yard first before looking at Russia.

  8. John Doe | February 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Make your dam site a .com this way it can be veiwed anywhere in the world

  9. Doug | February 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Wow totally baffled at the Communist opinions. So the guy has some Canadian “pride” and if his passion turns into a gold medal I’m sure you’ll be cheering for him. It’s 2014 not 1914 gramps ‘get head out of but’. He did’t do bring or say anything over there. The website was shut down and as long as that’s it its all good.

  10. Winter | February 7, 2014 at 11:26 am

    First of all Ernest before you start bashing someone, maybe learn how to spell and type first. Second of all Justin Kripss and his team where simply expressing them selves in a completely normal and happy manor. Just like any other team or sport that would show happiness for them selves and their team mates. Look at soccer, they run around with their shirts off. Its not any different, its fine! So I wouldn’t speak and bash our Canadian team representing us. Get over your self! Us Canadians are laid back, easy going and very welcoming. The Russians on the other hand are probably just a little stuck up.

  11. Tyler | February 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Actually Paul and others mentioned, if you read the Olympics Charter it clearly states

    “the practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of
    practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind…”

    If you play a sport and are gay – should you be discriminated?

    It just shows how we sometimes take for granted the freedom we have here in Canada – freedom of speech etc

  12. Henry Morgan | February 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Folks, you are all missing the key ingredient of this law. It is a thinly disguised falsehood SUGGESTING that the LGBT community is somehow targetting children. This is a barefaced lie. It is well known that throughout the world, kids have a much greater chance of being sexually assualted by heterosexulas rather than homosexuals. What makes this law repulsive, heinous and dangerous is that the implimentation includes any form of homosexual behaviour that just “Might” be seen by a minor. This represents an extremly wide range of human behaviour; eg any public exhibit of any affection, literature or any form where a homosexual is “visible”. In other words, “Get back into the closet” It’s not going to happen. We will fight this draconian law in every avenue possible. We will not forget the LBGT community in Russia, especially when the entire world is watching at the Olympics.

  13. Bort | February 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    As per GUY’s comments,

    While I support your opinion about the arm band, I would find it disrespectful to fly any other flag with the Maple Leaf.

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