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Feb 16, 2014

Russia’s Putin basks in the glory of the Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin says sport and politics do not mix but his actions at the Winter Olympics suggest the opposite.

When he was not watching ice hockey in Sochi at the weekend, the Russian president was doing the diplomatic rounds, dropping in on foreign teams, sipping wine or tea with them, talking sport – and building bridges.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Russia’s Putin basks in the glory of the Games

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin says sport and politics do not mix but his actions at the Winter Olympics suggest the opposite.

When he was not watching ice hockey in Sochi at the weekend, the Russian president was doing the diplomatic rounds, dropping in on foreign teams, sipping wine or tea with them, talking sport – and building bridges.

Feb 16, 2014

Injured Russian skier flown to Germany

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova was flown to Germany on Sunday for further treatment after breaking her back during training at the Winter Olympics and undergoing surgery.

Russia’s Freestyle Ski Federation said a special flight had been laid on to enable the 23-year-old to be treated at a specialist clinic in Munich, where Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said she would have a second operation.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Injured Russian skier flown to Germany

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova was flown to Germany on Sunday for further treatment after breaking her back during training at the Winter Olympics and undergoing surgery.

Russia’s Freestyle Ski Federation said a special flight had been laid on to enable the 23-year-old to be treated at a specialist clinic in Munich, where Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said she would have a second operation.

Feb 16, 2014

Anger at hockey goal melts political ice in Russia

SOCHI, Russia (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 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.

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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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