February 6, 2014

Putin's Occupation Olympics

Eugene Kontorovich, Reuters

The Associated Press

The upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi has naturally led to a critical look at the host country’s human rights record, with particular focus on issues such as the treatment of gays and journalists. Yet in a less-noticed offense, Russian President Vladimir Putin is using the Olympics to advance his violations of international law — namely, as a tool for expanding Russia’s control over the occupied Georgian territory of Abkhazia. Despite the conquest of a neighboring nation — an action almost unheard of since World War Two and banned by the U.N. Charter — the international community has scarcely protested.

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TAGGED: Abkhazia, Sochi Olympics, Russia, Georgia, Vladimir Putin

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