Sochi

Stop Counting Olympic Medals!
Our national worth should not be measured in gold, silver, and bronze
February 19, 2014

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

Pussy Riot's Arrest in Sochi May All Have Been a Piece of Performance Art
February 18, 2014

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

Why Isn't China Dominating Sochi?
The country is no good at the Winter Games—but that could change when it hosts them itself
February 18, 2014

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.

The Wall Street Journal Wages War on Sochi, Russia
February 17, 2014

The paper's coverage has been overwhelmingly condescending.

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.

Sochi Is Haunted by the Ghosts of a Forgotten Genocide
The Winter Olympics arrive 150 years after an ethnic cleansing
February 06, 2014

The Winter Olympics arrive 150 years after an ethnic cleansing.

Russians Think We're Engaging in Olympic Schadenfreude. They're Right.
February 06, 2014

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

What Is Vladimir Putin Staring at in Sochi?
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February 05, 2014

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

There's One Odd Thing Missing from the Home of the Winter Olympics
February 02, 2014

In December, photographer Max Adveev travelled to Sochi, where workers were hustling to finish assembling the home of this month’s winter Olympics.

A Week Before the Olympics, the Kremlin is Attacking Russia's Last Independent TV Channel
Putin taketh away
January 31, 2014

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.

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