Julia Ioffe
Senior Editor

Two Russian Women on a Sochi Train
February 11, 2014

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.

Petty Corruption Has Killed the Great Russian Athletic Machine
February 11, 2014

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. 

Horror Story III: The Elevators of Sochi
February 11, 2014

Poor Johnny Quinn. The American bobsledder came to Sochi to bobsled.

Russian Olympian Irina Rodnina Blames Racist Obama Tweet on a Hacker
February 10, 2014

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.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Olympic Opening Ceremony
How copyright infringement explains modern Russia
February 10, 2014

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

Sure, Yulia Lipnitskaya Is an Amazing Skater, But She Is Also a Child
February 10, 2014

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

The Only People Harassing the Gays of Sochi are the Foreign Journalists
February 08, 2014

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

Prepare for the Olympic Whining of Figure Skater Evgeni Plushenko
February 08, 2014

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

Sochi's Opening Ceremony Forgot to Mention a Few Things About Russian History
February 08, 2014

Where was contemporary Russia in the Olympic opening ceremony? In its carefully pruned and beautified history.

The Woman Lighting the Sochi Olympic Flame Tweeted a Racist, Doctored Picture of President Obama
February 07, 2014

Irina Rodnina tweeted this doctored photo of Barack and Michelle—so why did Putin invite her to light the Olympic flame.

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