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02/12/2014

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Putin Revels in Sochi Spotlight as Olympic Criticism Wanes

President Vladimir Putin has relished his role as the host and driving force behind the Sochi Winter Games as media criticism over corruption and flawed facilities was replaced by praise from visitors and athletes.

Russian Opposition Envies Ukrainians' Willingness to Face Bullets

When Russian anti-government activists look over the border at the political standoff in Ukraine, they can not help but feel pangs of envy.

Sochi Notebook: 'Tolerance House' Offers No Solace for Gays

Walking one day through central Sochi I saw a sign for "Tolerance House." My first thought was that it was a place for gay Olympic visitors. But gays are not welcome.

Ex-Olympian Rodnina Apologizes For Racist Twitter Picture

Famed Figure Skater Irina Rodnina has said that a racially insensitive tweet sent from her account and featuring U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle was posted by hackers.

United Russia Slams Ekho Moskvy Over Blog Post

Vladimir Vasilyev, leader of United Russia's faction in the State Duma, on Tuesday urged Ekho Moskvy, an opposition-friendly radio station, to apologize for a blog post by columnist and writer Viktor Shenderovich, accusing him of "fascism."

What the Papers Say, Feb. 11

BBC Monitoring
The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.
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Geisenberger Slides to Luge Gold in German One-Two

RIA Novosti
Natalie Geisenberger led a German one-two in the Sochi Olympic luge Tuesday after breaking her own track record in the third run.

South Korea's Lee Sets New Olympic Record for Women's 500 Meters Speed Skating

RIA Novosti
South Korea's star speed skater Lee Sang-Hwa retained her Olympic title in the women's 500 meters in Sochi on Tuesday, scorching around the Adler Arena track to set a new Olympic record while Russia's Olga Fatkulina claimed the silver on home ice.

British Court Quashes Decision Not to Hold Litvinenko Inquiry

Reuters
The High Court has quashed a decision by the British government not to hold a public inquiry into the murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died in London in 2006 after being poisoned with a radioactive substance.

Kazakhstan Pre-Empts Speculators With 19% Currency Devaluation

Reuters
Kazakhstan devalued its tenge currency by 19 percent to about 185 per dollar Tuesday, taking the wind out of the sails of speculators and adjusting to the freer ruble float of its main trading partner Russia.

Domracheva Clinches Gold for Belarus in Women's Biathlon Pursuit

RIA Novosti
Belarussian Darya Domracheva demolished her opponents as she shot to gold Tuesday in the 10-kilometer biathlon women's sprint at the Sochi Olympics.

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