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Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Russian billionaire’s dog shelter helps Putin’s Games

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – A Russian billionaire who has invested heavily in the Winter Olympics has found a novel way to help Vladimir Putin stage a successful Games – by funding a shelter for Sochi’s stray dogs.

Oleg Deripaska’s gesture could help save hundreds of dogs that are in danger of being rounded up and destroyed as the host city on the Black Sea tries to clear them off the streets.

Feb 9, 2014

Grumbles drowned out as Sochi party gets under way

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – After putting up for years with dust, noise and traffic jams while their drab Russian resort was transformed into a modern sports hub, the people of Sochi can finally judge for themselves whether it was worth it.

As the $51-billion Winter Olympics got into full swing on Sunday, the answer from spectators, seeing the Olympic Park up and running for the first time, was a resounding “Yes”.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Grumbles drowned out as Sochi party gets under way

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – After putting up for years with dust, noise and traffic jams while their drab Russian resort was transformed into a modern sports hub, the people of Sochi can finally judge for themselves whether it was worth it.

As the $51-billion Winter Olympics got into full swing on Sunday, the answer from spectators, seeing the Olympic Park up and running for the first time, was a resounding “Yes”.

Feb 8, 2014

Russia’s Putin to visit Japan, ties with Tokyo warming

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Saturday to visit Japan in the autumn, fuelling hopes of progress on a territorial dispute dating back to World War Two that is hampering trade.

At talks during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greeted each other warmly and hailed the speed at which relations between their countries were improving – in contrast to Tokyo’s strained ties with Beijing.

Feb 7, 2014

Opening ceremony fails to follow Putin’s script

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The opening of the Winter Olympics was supposed to be a triumph for Vladimir Putin that ended months of criticism of the Russian president over gay rights and talk of corruption surrounding the Games.

But a technical glitch and the choice of an athlete who tweeted what was widely seen as a racist photo of U.S. President Barack Obama to light the Olympic flame meant it ended up stoking controversy.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Opening ceremony fails to follow Putin’s script

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The opening of the Winter Olympics was supposed to be a triumph for Vladimir Putin that ended months of criticism of the Russian president over gay rights and talk of corruption surrounding the Games.

But a technical glitch and the choice of an athlete who tweeted what was widely seen as a racist photo of U.S. President Barack Obama to light the Olympic flame meant it ended up stoking controversy.

Feb 7, 2014

Google makes a point on gay rights at Sochi Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Google has placed a rainbow version of its logo on its search page, increasing pressure on President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s “gay propaganda” law at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The page now shows a winter sports competitor above each of the six letters in the U.S. Internet giant’s name, set against backgrounds in the six colors on the gay pride flag – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics -Google makes a point on gay rights at Sochi Games

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Google has placed a rainbow version of its logo on its search page, increasing pressure on President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s “gay propaganda” law at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The page now shows a winter sports competitor above each of the six letters in the U.S. Internet giant’s name, set against backgrounds in the six colours on the gay pride flag – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Feb 6, 2014

At Sochi Games, Putin evokes spirit of 1980

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Political controversy, tight security and mega-construction projects: for Sochi 2014, read Moscow 1980.

The Communist Soviet Union has collapsed and the Cold war has ended since Moscow organized the Summer Olympics 34 years ago, but there remain some striking parallels with the Winter Games opening in Sochi on Friday.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-At Sochi Games, Putin evokes spirit of 1980

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Political controversy, tight security and mega-construction projects: for Sochi 2014, read Moscow 1980.

The Communist Soviet Union has collapsed and the Cold war has ended since Moscow organised the Summer Olympics 34 years ago, but there remain some striking parallels with the Winter Games opening in Sochi on Friday.

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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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