Sochi

Stop Counting Olympic Medals!

Our national worth should not be measured in gold, silver, and bronze

Our national worth should not be measured in gold, silver, and bronze.

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5 women, including 2 former members of the band, emerged singing from the police station. 

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Why Isn't China Dominating Sochi?

The country is no good at the Winter Games—but that could change when it hosts them itself

Team China won its first medal at the Sochi Olympics last week, when skater Han Tianyu took the silver in the mens's short-track 1500 meters. China's medal count has since climbed to six, with three golds, two silvers, and one bronze. Not terrible: they're currently ranked 10th in the standings, just behind Poland and ahead of Sweden.

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The paper's coverage has been overwhelmingly condescending.

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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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Sochi Is Haunted by the Ghosts of a Forgotten Genocide

The Winter Olympics arrive 150 years after an ethnic cleansing

The Winter Olympics arrive 150 years after an ethnic cleansing.

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There were booboos in London and Athens (and Atlanta!) too. Why are we so enjoying the ones in Sochi.

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Unlike another despot known for looking at things, Putin's gaze always seems to fall on objects off-camera.

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In December, photographer Max Adveev travelled to Sochi, where workers were hustling to finish assembling the home of this month’s winter Olympics. He saw the predictable array of cranes, construction sites, and new hotel facilities for the hundreds of thousands of spectators who will watch the game. One thing was missing: Snow! Subtropical Sochi is the rare place in Russia where there’s no snow on the ground for much of the winter.

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As you read this, the Kremlin is preparing for the Winter Olympics by pushing Dozhd TV, Russia’s last independent television station, off a cliff. Pressured by phone calls from the Kremlin’s top deputies and Vladimir Putin’s closest—and scariest—buddies, Russian cable and satellite operators are excising Dozhd from their bundles. Mikhail Zygar, Dozhd’s editor-in-chief, estimates that, in the last three days, the channel has lost over half of its national coverage. As a result, advertisers are running for the hills and Dozhd is bleeding money.

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