As you can read in the article of Mr. Lucas, Alekseev doesn't feel oppressed.
You know, the articles are linked right there, right? What Lucas' article says is that Alekseev has reversed into now claiming
he doesn't feel oppressed, after years of condemning and campaigning against the homophobic laws as oppressive. Leaving that part out is the kind of sloppiness that makes it look like you are attempting to distort the contents of the article. You really need to stop doing that.
As for the article from Alekseev that Imogen linked, it's interesting and I do get his criticism of the Western activists only now waking up to a problem seven years old -- or of organizations gathering petitions from "Russian activists" who don't actually live in Russia. This is one of the bizarre features of the transitory activist / slacktivist obsessions of the Internet-fuelled media era; it's like when the Haitian earthquake happened and the Onion wryly satirized the world's sudden obsession with Haiti in an article about the discovery of this "previously unknown" civilization in the Caribbean. A certain cynicism about it is not entirely misplaced. And I think people should be learning about the perspective of activists in Russia and what they think should be done, and that something like Alekseev's campaign on visas is worth a second look.
(I am also coming around, as I continue to learn, to seeing that the prospect of the law's criminalization of PDAs by gay athletes is more remote than I first feared. That is good news but I don't know whether it vitiates the need for a "move the Olympics" campaign.)
OTOH a late awakening is better than none, and one doesn't have to think the Kremlin has somehow "gotten to" Alekseev (although who knows, it might have done) to see that there might be some nationalistic conflict in his perspective on the Sochi campaign. We've seen the same conflicting insticts play out with a member of this forum to the point of their actually coming close to echoing homophobic propaganda themselves rather than seriously entertain the notion that Russia has created a major problem of international law, human rights and relations for herself that could have bearing on her hosting of international events. Alekseev's apparent reversals should be evaluated in that context, and as a reflection of the very plain reality that the prospect of losing the Olympics quite obviously frightens Russians more than any other measure could possibly do.
That said, actually shifting the IOC will probably not happen: the edifice of the Olympics doesn't exactly turn on a dime, and (just to take one example) billions of dollars have surely been sunk into national advertising campaign in markets around the world based on the assumption of a Sochi Olympics (I know Canada's spots were already running when this controversy broke out). Deliberate protest of the law during the Olympics probably will happen, though, and the IOC had best hope that the results are not disastrous for its brand and sponsorships.