Tag: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Sochi: Olympic Opportunities for Law Enforcers

December 17, 2013

This editorial ran in Vedomosti, a Russian business news agency started by the Dow Jones, the Financial Times, and the owners of the Moscow Times. — Ed. The upcoming Olympics in Sochi creates new opportunities for the struggle for political influence and financial flows in the North Caucasus. In addition to the usual news about […]

Sochi’s Skyscrapers Could Collapse in Landslides

December 9, 2013

One of the many scandals related to the construction of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the environmental impact of the project has been flagged by many experts. But it’s not just the environment that is in danger. Heavy rains and high risks of landslides have already washed away construction sites, and there are fears […]

United Russia Member Discovers Gay Propaganda in Children’s Coloring Book

November 21, 2013

The Russian government may be moving to ban a coloring book in advance of the Sochi Olympics. We believe that the book in question talks about how same-sex couples are discriminated against in Russia, and are even beaten. It is interesting that the pro-Kremlin Izvestia makes no specific mention of the book in question, however, […]

Sochi Migration Service Catching Journalists

November 20, 2013

A foreign journalist was briefly detained by the Federal Security Services (FSB) in Sochi yesterday, her audio recorder was temporarily confiscated, and her passport information was scanned by authorities. This is hardly the first time that press freedom in Sochi has been challenged, raising concerns that journalists will continue to be the target of Russia […]

Sochi Authorities to Spend $1.4 Million on Olympic Symbols

November 6, 2013

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics cost approximately $1.8 billion to put on, and generated over $2.5 billion in gross domestic product. The installation and removal of the signs and symbols at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olmypics will cost up to $1.4 million. The Sochi Olmypics may be the most corrupt sporting events ever held, as […]

Live Updates: Bus Bombing in Volgograd, Russia

October 21, 2013

An explosion has ripped through a bus near the southern city of Volgograd (map), in the volatile North Caucasus region. Updates are below. Click here to jump to the end of the page where we have posted summary and background information. October 22, 1945 GMT: The passport mystery continues (see previous updates below), but a close […]

Russia Calls for an Olympic Ceasefire

October 4, 2013

In September Russia supported a UN initiative “promoting human rights through sport and the Olympic ideal.” The measure granted no new rights, but was simply pledging to initiative a “review” of current policies. Below, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations praises the efforts, but the initiative was received with skepticism immediately upon its release. Human […]

It’s Time To Reconsider the Sochi Olympics

August 7, 2013

Outrage at Russia’s new law against homosexual propaganda has coalesced around a campaign to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics, underscoring the complexities of navigating human rights activism and high-stakes international sporting events. The so-called “anti gay propaganda” law, which passed in June, criminalizes the distribution of information to minors that suggests that homosexual and heterosexual […]

The Communist Party’s Gay Propaganda

August 6, 2013

Few pieces of graffiti are more famous than Dmitri Vrubel’s My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love. The painting, sometimes called Fraternal Kiss, adorned the Berlin Wall between 1990 and 2009. It recreated a picture taken in 1979, on the anniversary of the founding of the Communist German Democratic Republic in East Germany. At that celebration,  two men,  Leonid […]