February 24, 2014

Russia's Overshadowed Olympic Games

Peter Ahrens, Der Spiegel

The Associated Press

This year's Winter Olympics were anything but a carefree celebration of sport. Even before the flame was lit, there were critical questions about the preparations for these games -- and then came the events in Kiev.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Kiev, Ukraine, Sochi, Sochi Olympics


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