With just a few weeks before the Olympic flame reaches Sochi, signaling the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Russia is getting attention from media outlets around the world for all the wrong reasons.
The recent anti-gay-propaganda law has cast a shadow over the games, as numerous world leaders — President Barack Obama among them — have announced they will not attend the Winter Olympics in protest of the law.
The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Americans headed to Sochi. It cautions citizens to “remain attentive regarding personal security at all times” because of recent terrorist attacks in the area, and adds a specific warning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travelers about the law, listing advice on its LGBT travel information page.
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