March 1, 2014

Vladimir Putin's Anti-Olympic Creed

Strobe Talbott, Reuters

The Associated Press

The bullying of the Georgian and Ukrainian governments reflect not just Putin’s worldview, motives and methods but those that have predominated for centuries in the country he rules.

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TAGGED: Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Sochi Olympics


February 23, 2014
The Games Putin Plays
Ross Douthat, New York Times
Despite the blunders of the European Union -- which courted Kiev without seeming to realize that Russia might make a counteroffer -- Putin is struggling to win a battle for influence in a country that both the Romanovs and the... more ››
February 19, 2014
Russia Hasn't Been a Hockey Power for Years
Barry Petchesky, Deadspin
There will be a tendency to blame Russia's superstars, of which there are many, but this was a team failure. Some of the best players in the world are Russian, but Russia is not one of the best hockey nations in the world, and... more ››
February 16, 2014
Russia's Gold-Medal Whistleblowers
David Ignatius, Washington Post
Amid the television extravaganza of the Sochi Olympics, I had a chance to visit last week with a Russian whistleblower named Sergey Kolesnikov. Back in 2010, he had revealed what he claimed was a network of corruption that... more ››
February 21, 2014
Putin's Iron Curtain
Chicago Tribune
Putin's Iron Curtain has a zero-sum relationship with the West. If Russia reasserts dominance over parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the U.S. and its allies lose. If Ukrainian protesters force a rapprochement between... more ››
February 20, 2014
Sochi Under Siege
Maria Alyokhina, New York Times
The face of these Olympics is deceptive, as is the entire authoritarian regime. At first, the authorities do not strike out at you directly. Rather, they systematically force you to adopt the only stance they deem proper, which... more ››