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Despite the fact that hate crimes have doubled since Russia implemented its “gay propaganda” law in 2013, LGBT people attending the World Cup, which kicks off there June 14 and runs through mid-July, will be met with a warm welcome, even allowing attendees to put their LGBT pride on display, according to the country’s World Cup organizing committee, the Associated Press reports. “All visitors to Russia in 2018 — regardless of race, gender, religion, ability or sexual orientation — can expect a warm welcome,” the committee said in a statement. “Persons will not be fined for expressing their feelings. The display of rainbow flags in the stands or at public celebrations will be allowed.”

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