January 10, 2014

Putin's Megalomania Endangers All of Russia

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

The Associated Press

Everything about the games is politics. Putin deliberately staged them next to the tinderbox of the north Caucasus, miles from any ice or snow, to showcase his strength in a region explosive with dissident Chechens, Circassians, Dagestanis and Ingushetians. The event is as provocative as if the Chinese had held the 2008 Olympics in Tibet. The death toll has already begun with two Volgograd bombs claiming 34 dead and 700 suspects arrested.

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TAGGED: North Caucasus, Russia, Vladimir Putin, IOC, Sochi

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