February 11, 2014

Corruption Has Killed Russia's Athletic Machine

Julia Ioffe, The New Republic

The Associated Press

I've said from the beginning that there is one thing that would be far worse for Russia than a terrorist attack during the Olympics: Russia flunking at the actual Games themselves.

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TAGGED: Corruption, Russia, Sochi Olympics


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