WATCH: Putin Talks Gay Rights In Rare '60 Minutes' Interview


Russian president Vladimir Putin sat down with Charlie Rose of US current affairs programme ’60 Minutes’.



In a rare US television interview, Putin spoke to journalist Charlie Rose about homophobia in Russia – saying that the problem has been “exaggerated”.

He told Rose,”The problem of sexual minorities in Russia had been deliberately exaggerated from the outside for political reasons, I believe, without any good basis.

“We have no persecution at all. People of non-traditional sexual orientation work, they live in peace, they get promoted, they get state awards for their achievements in science and arts or other areas. I personally have awarded them medals.”

Putin made headlines last week when he agreed to meet with singer Elton John to discuss LGBT rights.


Watch the interview below:



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