Voices from Russia

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Pavel Datsyuk, Asked about Russia’s Anti-Gay Law: ”I’m Orthodox, and That Says It All”

00 Pavel Datsyuk. Detroit Red Wings. 05.09.13

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The Eurotwins often seem like they’re thinking the same thing on the ice. However, when it comes to hot-button political issues, maybe not so much. Last week, Henrik Zetterberg ripped Russia’s law banning “homosexual propaganda”, saying, “It’s unbelievable that it can be this way in this time, especially in a big country like Russia”. Today, his Detroit Red Wings teammate Pavel Datsyuk seemed to take a different stance on the issue, without coming right out and saying it. Asked about the swirling controversy in his homeland, Datsyuk said, “I’m Orthodox, and that says it all”, according to sports.ru hockey reporter Igor Eronko. Now, we simple sport folk aren’t terribly well-versed in Orthodox ideology, but simple Google searches seemed to confirm our suspicion that Pav doesn’t agree with Z.

22 August 2013

James Jahnke

Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/article/20130822/SPORTS05/308220100/1053/sports05

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