February 4, 2014

Putin Is Losing the Sochi Olympic Game

Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

The Associated Press

This was to be the week Vladi­mir Putin reintroduced Russia to the world: a confident, economically booming power whose influence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East is coming back; whose ability to block and counter the United States is reestablished; and which offers, through Putin, a new model of conservatism for those disenchanted with the liberal West. Yet that is not how it is turning out. Beginning Friday, the Sochi Olympics are more likely to become a forum for the demonstration of how and why Putin’s rule of Russia has failed — and how his power is ebbing both abroad and at home.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Sochi Olympics

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

February 2, 2014
The Dark Side of Putin's Winter Games
Neil Tweedie, Daily Telegraph
Sochi 2014 are the most expensive winter games ever, indeed the most expensive Olympic event of any kind ever, as well as being one of the most controversial. Be it environmental damage, worker exploitation, threat of terrorist... more ››
February 4, 2014
Putin's Graft Games
The Australian
No one would wish our athletes going to the Sochi Olympics anything but a successful, enjoyable and, above all, safe Winter Games free from the threats of Islamist terrorism that have been made. In doing so, it would be wrong to... more ››
January 30, 2014
Sochi's Other Games: Putin vs. the Terrorists
Michal Romanowski, GMF
The 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, to be held in the Russian city of Sochi in February and March, could be a resounding success for Russian President Vladimir Putin. But, just as easily, the games' sporting achievements... more ››
February 2, 2014
Defy Putin with a Same-Sex Kiss at Sochi
The Observer
The Olympics in Russia is an opportunity for gay rights to be promoted and pressure should be put on African leaders. more ››
January 24, 2014
For Putin, Everything Is Riding on Sochi
Brett Forrest, ESPN The Magazine
Like almost no national leader before him, Putin has expended personal capital on these Olympics. In 2007 he presented Russia's Olympic bid -- speaking in both English and French, which surprised most everyone -- to the... more ››