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Hugh Laurie's 'vodka boycott' call causes stir in Russia

Published on Jan 21, 2014 8:06 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - British actor Hugh Laurie prompted an outcry in Russia with a Twitter proposal to boycott vodka over President Vladimir Putin's gay rights stance.

Laurie, who has more than 300,000 followers on Twitter, wrote on Saturday: "I'd boycott Russian goods if I could think of a single thing they made besides the rest of the world depressed."

He then added: "Russian vodka is OK if you need to clean the oven. For drinking, it must henceforth be Polish."

Laurie said he was reacting after reading Putin's comments on Friday that gay people should "leave children alone". Russia has controversially banned homosexual "propaganda" to minors.

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