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Sochi Ready for Some, Not for Others

As the Olympic Torch arrived in Sochi on Wednesday and President Vladimir Putin personally presided over the raising of the Russian flag in the Olympic Village, the Internet was abuzz with tales of construction blunders and the popular Twitter hashtag "#Sochiproblems."

New Metro Ring Line On Track for 2018

City Hall's plans to build a second ring line for the Moscow metro, first announced two years ago, are not only taking shape but progressing faster than initially expected, an official said Wednesday.

Sochi Notebook: What to Expect at Sochi's Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics on Friday will take Russia's biggest cultural gems and serve them up with contemporary dance music and spectacular lighting.

Sochi Social: What Journalists Didn't Expect From Their Stay in Sochi

Being a host city is never an easy task. But the flood of Western journalists into Sochi this week in the run-up to the Winter Games, many of whom have probably never been to Russia before, was paralleled by a flood of complaints and comments on social media.

Part of Jamaican Bobsled Team's Equipment Lost in Transit

RIA Novosti
The fairytale story of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team took another twist Wednesday as pilot Winston Watts revealed that they had arrived in Sochi without the runners for their sled.

EU Envoy Meets Ukrainian President

The Associated Press
The European Union's foreign policy chief is meeting with Ukraine's embattled president on Wednesday as the country's two-month-old political crisis is bogged down in a stalemate. 
The opposition accuses President Viktor Yanukovych's government of trying to conduct a war of attrition.

Rescuers Catch Condemned Sochi Dogs and Bring Them to Moscow (Video)

Three well-groomed mongrels follow Igor Ayrapetyan, 41, around his home in the Moscow region, wagging their tails and jumping to lick his face.

Duma Invites Internet Firms to Working Group

The Moscow Times
Representatives of major Internet companies — Yandex, Google, Kaspersky Laboratory, Microsoft and others — were invited to form a working group for developing legislation related to Internet issues, a news report said Wednesday.

Second Activist in 3 Days Jailed in Sochi Area

The Associated Press
An activist who has been monitoring the environmental fallout from the Sochi Olympics has been jailed for five days for resisting police, apparently part of a continuing harassment campaign against local activists.

Skiers Satisfied in Sochi, but Where's the Yogurt?

The Associated Press
Alpine skiers arriving at the Olympics are amazed by the lift facilities at the Rosa Khutor resort. And they say the security is not nearly as much of a bother as they expected.

Putin Says Sochi Is Cleaner Because of Olympic Work

President Vladimir Putin has countered accusations that construction had polluted Sochi, saying that preparations for the Games had boosted environmental quality in the area many times over.

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