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Russian female runners: Kisses not a protest


MOSCOW -- Quick kisses exchanged by four Russian female sprinters, exuberant after winning a relay race at the world championships in Moscow, have set off a flurry of speculation that they were protesting Russia's new controversial law against gays.

But two of the athletes, who appeared to brush lips while kissing each other on the cheek, insisted Tuesday that was not the case.

Kseniya Ryzhova, one of the 4 x 400-meter relay winners, said: "The storm of emotions going through us was incredible. And if we, accidentally, while congratulating each other, touched lips, excuse me. We think the whole fuss is more of a sick fantasy not grounded in anything."

Russian women often kiss one another on the cheek when celebrating a happy occasion or even just in greeting.


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Miami Herald please discontinue this sex column so that it will be safe to bring into my house where my children could see it and I will again be able to subscribe to the print version. Why does a once respected hometown paper play to the lowest common denominator and print articles that belong in the plastic wrapped magazines found in adult aisles of stores?

So if they are not prosecuted will the gay community just shut up and play the Olympics and not falsely state the Russian law will have everyone arrested or discriminated against!!??

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