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Vladimir Putin hugs gold medal bisexual speedskater Irene Wüst

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The Russian president backs the country's anti-gay laws, but that didn't stop him from hugging Wüst.

 Irene Wüst, centerm with Vladimir Putin
Irene Wüst, centerm with Vladimir Putin

Dutch bisexual speedskater Irene Wüst won the gold medal in the 3,000 meters on Sunday, the first openly LGBT athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. After the race, Wüst met Russian President Vladimir Putin, who signed into law anti-gay legislation last year.

"He congratulated me and asked if everything was okay in Russia, and I congratulated him on Olga Graf, of course, for her third place" finish, Wüst told a Dutch news organization. "He was happy to see me, but then he had to leave again."


I have no idea if Putin knew Wüst is bisexual, but you can't make up this kind of stuff.