February 11, 2014

Sochi and Schadenfreude

Andrew Cohen, Ottawa Citizen

The Associated Press

It is open season on Russia. Angered by its contempt for human rights, its rampant corruption, its intimidation of Ukraine and its president-for-life, the West piles on.

The context — or pretext — is the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. There, a carping foreign media revel in unfinished hotels, inadequate venues, empty seats and suffocating security.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Sochi Olympics


February 6, 2014
Putin's Occupation Olympics
Eugene Kontorovich, Reuters
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,... more ››
February 7, 2014
Putin's Fraught Games
David Remnick, The New Yorker
Putin, it is safe to say, does not want the Winter Games in Sochi to resemble the fraught events of Moscow in the summer of 1980. To some extent, it is too late: the reports of fantastical cost overruns and corruption, the... more ››
February 7, 2014
Putin Isn't Out to Impress Western Media
Nikolas Gvosdev, Nat'l Interest
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,... more ››
February 11, 2014
Games in Sochi, Siege in Syria
George Packer, The New Yorker
Most viewers of the Olympics are aware that Sochi is only a few hundred miles from Chechnya—that’s part of what’s given these Winter Games their tension. It’s less widely known that Sochi is only a... more ››
February 3, 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 ››