Once again, just as I predicted, Evgeni Plushenko is kicking up scandal at the Olympics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Irving Howe on the tragedy of our twentieth-century Tolstoy
Boris Pasternak was born 124 years ago on this day. In honor of his birthday, here is Irving Howe's appraisal of the unique genius of Pasternak's best-known work, Doctor Zhivago.
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.
Sure, she's amazing, but don't you think Yulia Lipnitskaya looked a little...pubescent out there?
"We’ve given over 200 interviews in the last month,” says the owner of Sochi's gay bar.
Where was contemporary Russia in the Olympic opening ceremony? In its carefully pruned and beautified history.