Julia Ioffe

Senior Editor

Once again, just as I predicted, Evgeni Plushenko is kicking up scandal at the Olympics. 

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The Sochi Olympics have barely gotten off the ground when the Russians are already talking about the next one. At the opening of the China House in Sochi two days after the opening ceremony, sports minister Vitaly Mutko declared that Russia would throw its support behind China's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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I've learned long ago that some of the most interesting stuff happens on trains. Right now, I'm on one of the free commuter trains linking downtown Sochi to the Olympic Village and Krasnaya Polyana up in the mountains. Across the very small aisle from me, two Russian women are having a discussion. One is older, one is younger. 

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Why is the Russian winter sports machine in sixth place? Because most money for sports in Russia comes from the government—which spends it on fancy hotels, not athletic training. 

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Poor Johnny Quinn. The American bobsledder came to Sochi to bobsled. Instead he's taking gold in the new sport of Getting Stuck in Small Sochi Spaces.First, it was the bathroom. ...With no phone to call for help, I used my bobsled push training to break out. #SochiJailBreak pic.twitter.com/apZRefgvCO

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In September, Olympic torch ligher Irina Rodnina tweeted a doctored, racist photo of Obama and vocally defended it. Five months later, she's figured out a better explanation.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Olympic Opening Ceremony

How copyright infringement explains modern Russia

A Russian singer accused the Opening Ceremonies of using her song without permission. Their response shows the real essence of Russia.

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Sure, she's amazing, but don't you think Yulia Lipnitskaya looked a little...pubescent out there?

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"We’ve given over 200 interviews in the last month,” says the owner of Sochi's gay bar.

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Evegeni Plushenko is 31 and has had 13 surgeries, but a silver medal just won't do for this Olympic cry baby.

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