With the Russian economy stagnant, and its president so self-righteously obdurate, Russia should fear a return to Putin's reality once these games are over. Maybe, in the meantime, a Gay Pride rally during some more Olympic Tchaikovsky could show Putin and indeed Russia itself that there is a better world elsewhere.
The Sochi Olympic Games are taking place in a region of tightly interwoven conflicts, the roots of which lie as much in contemporary military, political and social upheaval and the post-soviet geo-politics as in historical events and their various interpretations among different Russian and Caucasian populations...
Despite terrorist threats, unfinished construction and concerns over human rights abuses in Russia, the Sochi Winter Olympics
The Sochi Games have incited an unprecedented amount of attention for the laws of the country, with activists including the
Russian authorities thought they had dealt with all the stray dogs in Sochi - but here's the one that got away, if Twitter
The US President and his Russian counterpart have become known for their painfully awkward-looking photo ops during bilateral
Channel 4 has made a proud statement in time for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, beginning on Friday
With outside broadcasters, competitors, and tourists descending on Sochi, LGBT activists are mobilising to show that autocracy, not homosexuality, is the sickness eating away at Russia's body politic. This is the right and proper thing to do. LGBT activists are well-placed to perform another service to equality, though.
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Terrorists could be trying to place explosives disguised as toothpaste on Russia-bound flights, the US Government has warned