December 5, 2013

Will Olympics Bring Violence to Sochi?

Ekaterina Sokirianskaia, New York Times

The Associated Press

The Black Sea resort of Sochi, with its breathtaking views of the nearby Caucasus Mountains, was once a favorite holiday destination of Communist Party bosses in the Soviet era. Now reincarnated in gleaming glass, steel and concrete, Sochi is getting ready to welcome the 2014 Winter Olympics, opening on Feb. 7.

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TAGGED: Russia, Caucasus, North Caucasus, Dagestan, Sochi Olympics


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