April 25, 2009
Sochi's Olympic Troubles
Boris Nemtsov, Washington Post
SOCHI, Russia -- My country has produced some of the best Olympic athletes in history, but some things about the preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics, which are to be held in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, are very disturbing.
I was born in Sochi and am running for mayor in tomorrow's election, which has been marked by all the usual traits of "managed democracy": My Kremlin-backed opponent enjoys a vast administrative and media advantage, while my campaign materials are being confiscated and my supporters are constantly harassed. But the state of democracy in Russia is only one of my concerns: Based on the current plans, Sochi is simply not capable of hosting the Olympics, and continuing with the current approach threatens the well-being of the people of...
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