Putin lifts ban on protests at Sochi Winter Games
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a decree lifting a blanket ban on political protests at the Sochi Winter Olympics, bowing to pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The decree allows demonstrations and marches at locations or along routes that must be agreed with officials in the Black Sea resort city along with the regional police and security forces.
It also allows officials to set limits on how many people can take part in protests during the Games, which run from Feb 7 to 23.
Mr Putin had issued a decree in August that forbade any rallies or marches over issues unrelated to the Games from being held inside the tightly controlled security zone.