Window on Eurasia: Sochi Countdown -- 48 Weeks to the Olympiad in the North Caucasus
Note: This is my fourth special Window on Eurasia about the meaning and impact of the planned Olympiad on the nations in the surrounding region. These WOEs, which will appear each Friday over the coming year, will not aim at being comprehensive but rather will consist of a series bullet points about such developments. I would like to invite anyone with special knowledge or information about this subject to send me references to the materials involved. My email address is email@example.comAllow me to express my thanks to all those who already have. Paul Goble
Opponents of Sochi Games Come Up with Alternative Olympic Hymn. Activists who believe that the Sochi games should not take place have come up with alternative lyrics that make fun of the official version and call attention to the destruction of the environment around Sochi (blogsochi.ru/content/alternativnyi-gimn-olimpiady-v-sochi).
"A Secret Road to a Secret Resort.” Activists in Sochi have discovered the latest way that Russian money intended to support the construction of facilities for the games have diverted it to other purposes: they have found "a secret road to a secret resort” (blogsochi.ru/content/sekretnaya-doroga-na-sekretnyi-kurort).
BlogSochi Marks Its Third Anniversary on Line. BlogSochi.ru, a site that provides a wealth of information on events in and around the city and the Olympic construction sites, has now been posting articles on line for three years (blogsochi.ru/content/blogsochiru-%E2%80%93-3-goda).
FSB Official Says Russian Laws Will Be Enforced in Sochi So That ‘Everyone Will Be Comfortable. Vladimir Kuleshov, deputy chief of the FSB, says that Moscow will not employ "extraordinary” measures in Sochi but simply ensure the enforcement of Russian laws there and thus "allow everyone to feel comfortable”(en.rsport.ru/olympics/20130307/649632142.html).
…And Petersburgers Up a Meter to Show Just How High They Are. People in the northern capital have erected a meter to show how much is being spent on the Sochi competition and how much of it is going to corruption (svpressa.ru/society/article/65022/ ).
Sochi Games Will Smell of Mimosa. The first winter Olympics ever held in a subtropical zone will feature the smell of mimosa wafting over the competition (vesti.ru/doc.html?id=1047749&cid=7).
Sochi Preparations Highlight Difference Between Ordinary Russians and Ruling Elite. Sochi residents are increasingly being made aware of the differences between the way they are treated and the way members of the Russian elite are, something that is intensifying anti-games anger among many of the former against the latter (blogsochi.ru/content/kak-chinovniki-kuyut-svoe-materialnoe-blagopoluchie).
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