German President, European Union Commissioner announce Sochi boycott

German President Joachim Gauck

German President Joachim Gauck

BY TRAVIS WALDRON
Think Progress

European Union commissioner Viviane Reding said Tuesday that she would not attend the 2014 Winter Olympics, which open in Sochi, Russia in February, because of the country’s treatment of minorities including the LGBT community. It is unclear whether Reding, who chairs the EU’s committee for Justice, Citizenship and Fundamental Rights, was invited to the games as an official EU representative, but regardless, she won’t be present.

“I will certainly not go to Sochi as long as minorities are treated the way they are under the current Russian legislation,” Reding tweeted.

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