December 30, 2013

Volgograd Bombs a Warning to Putin

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

The Associated Press

The more elaborate the staging of international sporting events, the more they are liable to attract protest and terrorism.

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TAGGED: Sochi Olympics, Sochi, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Volgograd


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