23 August 2013, on gay rights in Russia:
“We are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves normal, standard people…We just live with boys with women, women with boys…Everything must be fine. It comes from history. We never had these problems in Russia, and we don’t want to have any in the future.”
17 June 2016, on Russian IAAF ban:
“It is a violation of human rights…I will not keep silent, I will take measures. I will go to the court of human rights. I will prove IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that they’ve made a wrong decision.”
The heart bleeds!