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Sochi Notebook: Olympic Volunteers Don't Know the Rules

Some 25,000 young volunteers descended on Sochi this week to finalize preparations for the Winter Olympics and to assist visitors during the games.

Prosecutors Initiate Check of Dozhd TV

Prosecutors on Thursday said they were examining embattled Dozhd television for possible extremism charges related to a viewer poll about World War II, as the independent channel attempted to rally amid strong political pressure directed against it.

It's Been a Bad Week for the Ruble

It has been a punishing week for the ruble, and for many, the ghosts of previous crises feel all too near. Despite the Central Bank pouring more than $1 billion a day into propping it up, the Russian currency fell 3 percent against the dollar and reached an all-time low against the euro.

A Week Before Games, Sochi Still Lacking Final Touches

With a week to go before the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games, one would expect the Olympic Park to be filled with the bustle and buzz of arriving athletes, journalists and spectators.

Top Russian Female Biathlete Drops Out of Olympics After Failed Doping Test

The Moscow Times
The leader of the Russian women's biathlon team announced Thursday that she is leaving the Winter Olympic squad after failing a doping test, just one week ahead of the Games starting in the Russian city of Sochi.

Russian Activists Form Committee to Support Ukraine Protesters

A group of Russian opposition figures and civil activists on Thursday announced the formation of a committee advocating for the Russian people to stand in solidarity with Ukrainian protesters waging what they called a "peaceful, anti-criminal revolution" similar to one envisioned by various Russian opposition groups.

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