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NYC bar owners boycott Russian vodka

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City bar owners have poured bottles of Russian vodka into the streets of Manhattan in a protest against Russia's crackdown on the gay community.

The United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association called Monday for a city-wide boycott of Russian spirits and liquor.

The group's president, Paul Hurley, says at least 200 bars and restaurants are participating. Many gay bars across North America have joined the boycott.

Russia's sports minister said last week the country will enforce a new law against gay rights activism when it hosts the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

The law signed by President Vladimir Putin bans the so-called "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations." It imposes hefty fines for providing information about the gay community to minors or holding gay pride rallies.