What Is Vladimir Putin Staring at in Sochi?

February 5, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been visiting Sochi a lot in recent months as it prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics. His frequent presence there has not had the desired effect: The subtropical city seems far from ready for the games, which begin Friday. Maybe that's because he spent too much time playing hockey, drinking champagne, and hanging out with leopard cubs, when he should have been cracking down on corrupt construction projects. But, like a good strongman must, he has at least been photographed inspecting all manner of Olympic infrastructure in the city. Unlike another despot known for looking at things, though, Putin's gaze always seems to fall on objects off-camera. Below are some theories as to what he might be staring at. 

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ARCADE GAMES
 
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A BLUE WALL
  
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A WHITE WALL
 
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A SALAD BAR
 
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A CHILD
 
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A SKI SLOPE
 
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A WET SKI JUMP
 
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A HOCKEY GAME
 
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THE SUN
 
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YOU
 

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