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Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Anger at hockey goal melts political ice in Russia

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Anger over a disallowed goal in the Winter Olympic ice hockey has united host nation Russia, though not for the reasons President Vladimir Putin would have wanted.

The American referee’s refusal to count what would have been a winning goal for Russia against the United States on Saturday outraged fans from across the political divide, breaking down barriers in a way that almost nothing else can in Russia.

Feb 15, 2014

Protests? What protests? All quiet at Sochi Speakers’ Corner

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – When Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the creation of a special protest area at the Winter Olympics, it looked like a victory for freedom of speech.

A week into the Games his decision to ease the blanket ban on protests in Sochi, presented as a liberal concession to critics, has done little or nothing to lift the lid on dissent during the Games.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Protests? What protests? All quiet at Sochi Speakers’ Corner

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – When Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the creation of a special protest area at the Winter Olympics, it looked like a victory for freedom of speech.

A week into the Games his decision to ease the blanket ban on protests in Sochi, presented as a liberal concession to critics, has done little or nothing to lift the lid on dissent during the Games.

Feb 14, 2014

Tolstoy’s words ring true as Putin goes for Sochi gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Has Vladimir Putin been inspired by Leo Tolstoy at the Winter Olympics?

For all the talk of war from Islamist militants before the Sochi Games started, the Russian organizers have delivered peace. All the drama has been on the snow and ice.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Tolstoy’s words ring true as Putin goes for Sochi gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Has Vladimir Putin been inspired by Leo Tolstoy at the Winter Olympics?

For all the talk of war from Islamist militants before the Sochi Games started, the Russian organisers have delivered peace. All the drama has been on the snow and ice.

Feb 12, 2014

“Miracle on Ice” haunts triple champion ex-Soviet goaltender

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Of all the goals conceded by Vladislav Tretyak in a glittering career that earned him three Olympic gold medals, there is one in particular that haunts him.

Just before the end of the first period of the 1980 Olympic showdown with the United States, the Soviet goaltender’s uncharacteristic error allowed the home side to draw level at 2-2.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-”Miracle on Ice” haunts triple champion ex-Soviet goaltender

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Of all the goals conceded by Vladislav Tretyak in a glittering career that earned him three Olympic gold medals, there is one in particular that haunts him.

Just before the end of the first period of the 1980 Olympic showdown with the United States, the Soviet goaltender’s uncharacteristic error allowed the home side to draw level at 2-2.

Feb 12, 2014
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North Caucasus Islamist group prays for earthquake at Sochi Olympics

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(The Olympic flame is seen after the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

A militant Islamist group has urged followers to pray for an earthquake in Sochi during the Winter Olympics to avenge Muslims who died there fighting “Russian infidels”.

Feb 11, 2014

Islamist group prays for earthquake in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – A militant Islamist group has urged followers to pray for an earthquake in Sochi during the Winter Olympics to avenge Muslims who died there fighting “Russian infidels”.

The appeal was made by a local branch of the Caucasus Emirate, a group which is waging an insurgency for an Islamist state in Russia’s North Caucasus and called on supporters last year to attack the Games.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Islamist group prays for earthquake in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – A militant Islamist group has urged followers to pray for an earthquake in Sochi during the Winter Olympics to avenge Muslims who died there fighting “Russian infidels”.

The appeal was made by a local branch of the Caucasus Emirate, a group which is waging an insurgency for an Islamist state in Russia’s North Caucasus and called on supporters last year to attack the Games.

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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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