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Russia’s newly enacted anti-gay laws have been the No. 1 topic of conversation as the country prepares to host its first Winter Olympiad. The laws, which ban ”propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” and outlaw gay pride rallies, have largely been met with varying levels of disapproval by international winter sports athletes. On Monday, however, former New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk became the most prominent Olympian to openly support his homeland’s legislation. “I agree, of course,” Kovalchuk told TSN (via “I’m Russian and we all have to respect that. It’s personal and, like I said, it’s a free world, but that’s our line. That’s our country, so everybody has to respect that.” Fellow Russian All-Star Pavel Datsyuk shared a similar opinion without being as blunt, saying “I’m Orthodox, and that says it all,” when asked about the laws last week, while Alexander Ovechkin avoided the issue altogether (“Our job is to play,” he said. “I’d rather spea

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As the Olympics approach, former New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk voiced his support of the anti-gay propaganda laws currently under fire in Russia.

History, government dictate what Kovalchuk and Datsyuk say

I swear to be true to the Lord, Grand Prince, and his realm, to the young Grand Princes, and to the Grand Princess, and not to maintain silence about any evil that I may know or have heard or may hear which is being contemplated against the Tsar, his realms, the young princes or the Tsaritsa. I swear also not to eat or drink with the zemschina, and not to have anything in common...

Evgeni Malkin fights a 7-year-old during a charity game

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