Actor, author and gay rights activist Stephen Fry is comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolph Hitler in a campaign to have Russia lose the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi over the country’s stance on homosexuality.
Fry published his thoughts on his website in a letter addressed to the International Olympic Committee and British Prime Minister David Cameron in hopes of upping the political pressure on Russia.
He urged the IOC to avoid repeating past mistakes when it “paid precisely no attention” to Hitler’s laws against Jews before the “notorious” 1936 Berlin Games.
“Putin is eerily repeating this insane crime, only this time against LGBT Russians,” Fry wrote. “Beatings, murders and humiliations are ignored by the police. Any defence or sane discussion of homosexuality is against the law.”