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Feb 5, 2014

Games unlikely to boost Russian economy: Moody’s

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Hosting the Winter Olympics at great cost in Sochi is unlikely to give the Russian economy a big boost, ratings agency Moody’s said on Wednesday, undermining one of President Vladimir Putin’s main goals at the Games.

Putin has staked his personal and political prestige on hosting a successful Games, and promised the vast sums spent on Sochi would turn the Black Sea resort into an attractive tourism destination and give the Krasnodar region around it a lift.

Feb 5, 2014

Olympics-Games unlikely to boost Russian economy – Moody’s

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Hosting the Winter Olympics at great cost in Sochi is unlikely to give the Russian economy a big boost, ratings agency Moody’s said on Wednesday, undermining one of President Vladimir Putin’s main goals at the Games.

Putin has staked his personal and political prestige on hosting a successful Games, and promised the vast sums spent on Sochi would turn the Black Sea resort into an attractive tourism destination and give the Krasnodar region around it a lift.

Feb 3, 2014

Russian environmental campaigner detained near Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – A Russian campaigner who says Olympic construction work has damaged the environment was detained on Monday in what rights groups say is growing harassment of civil rights activists before the Games.

President Vladimir Putin has staked his political and personal prestige on the Winter Olympics, which open in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, and any sign of a clampdown on opponents could damage those efforts.

Feb 3, 2014

Olympics-Russian environmental campaigner detained near Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 3 (Reuters) – A Russian campaigner who says Olympic construction work has damaged the environment was detained on Monday in what rights groups say is growing harassment of civil rights activists before the Games.

President Vladimir Putin has staked his political and personal prestige on the Winter Olympics, which open in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, and any sign of a clampdown on opponents could damage those efforts.

Feb 3, 2014

Russia scrambles to get hotels ready for Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Large crates of equipment stand unopened outside the entrance to the plush new Swissotel above Sochi as it scrambles to be ready for the start of the Winter Olympics.

A bricklayer in a woolen hat puts the finishing touches to a nearby wall, workers in white helmets fix cables and others clear snow with shovels. Inside the hotel, new chairs are piled on top of each other in the lobby.

Feb 3, 2014

Olympics-Russia scrambles to get hotels ready for Games

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Large crates of equipment stand unopened outside the entrance to the plush new Swissotel above Sochi as it scrambles to be ready for the start of the Winter Olympics.

A bricklayer in a woollen hat puts the finishing touches to a nearby wall, workers in white helmets fix cables and others clear snow with shovels. Inside the hotel, new chairs are piled on top of each other in the lobby.

Jan 26, 2014

High stakes for Putin at costly Sochi Games

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Sochi Winter Olympics are meant to be Vladimir Putin’s crowning achievement as Russian leader but are in danger of becoming a symbol of his country’s problems.

When the Games open with great fanfare on February 7, the president will be there to revel in the unlikely feat of turning an ageing sub-tropical resort on the Black Sea into a glittering modern hub for a Winter Games in seven years.

Jan 26, 2014

Olympics-High stakes for Putin at costly Sochi Games

MOSCOW, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The Sochi Winter Olympics are meant to be Vladimir Putin’s crowning achievement as Russian leader but are in danger of becoming a symbol of his country’s problems.

When the Games open with great fanfare on Feb. 7, the president will be there to revel in the unlikely feat of turning an ageing sub-tropical resort on the Black Sea into a glittering modern hub for a Winter Games in seven years.

Jan 20, 2014

Militant Islamist video threatens Winter Olympics

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two men said by Islamist militants to have carried out suicide attacks in south Russia appeared in a video donning explosive belts and warning Vladimir Putin to expect a “present” at the Sochi Winter Olympics from fighters following after them.

The video was posted by a group identifying itself as Vilayat Dagestan and appeared on a website often used by militants from Russia’s northern Caucasus region where Moscow has been battling insurgency for over a decade. It could not be independently corroborated.

Jan 14, 2014
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Kalashnikov rifle designer felt ‘spiritual pain’ from mass deaths it caused

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(Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose AK-47 automatic rifle has been the weapon of choice in a half-century of wars from Afghanistan to Zaire, celebrated his 80th birthday November 10, 1994 in this file photo. REUTERS)

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47 rifle, wrote a letter to the Russian Orthodox Church before his death expressing concern that the weapon had killed so many people, Izvestia newspaper reported.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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