February 7, 2014

Problems at Sochi Reflect Problem in Russia

David Francis, The Fiscal Times

The Associated Press

The 2014 Olympic Games began in Sochi yesterday, with athletes taking part in preliminary heats in snowboarding, skiing and figure skating. But ahead of today’s Opening Ceremonies, the majority of attention is not on the athletes, but on Sochi itself.

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