February 7, 2014

Putin Isn't Out to Impress Western Media

Nikolas Gvosdev, The National Interest

The Associated Press

My sense is that, barring a major terrorist incident at Sochi, which would call into question his control and effectiveness, Putin will deem the Games to be a reasonable success and will have achieved many of his objectives, particularly if the Russian team puts in a better performance than at the 2010 Vancouver Games. There is also the factor that Sochi's earlier bids, during the Yeltsin administration, to host the Winter Games failed; Putin succeeded in 2007, so simply having won the Games was already a major victory in Putin's efforts to show that Russian influence in the world was on the upswing. Nor does he seem to be concerned about possible protests by visiting athletes. There seem to be indications that Putin has welcomed Western criticisms of his policies, particularly those...

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TAGGED: Sochi Olympics, Russia, Vladimir Putin


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