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Opening Ceremony Kicks Off Sochi Games, Marking Momentous Day for Russia

President Vladimir Putin declared the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics officially open on Friday night after a grandiose 2 1/2-hour show that told the history of modern Russia with dazzling lights, giant installations and hundreds of dancers.

U.S. Issues Warning on Toothpaste Bombs Ahead of Olympics

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned airlines flying into Russia during the Sochi Winter Olympics that terrorists may smuggle explosives concealed in toothpaste tubes on to planes, a congressional security committee chief has said.

What the Papers Say, Feb. 6

BBC Monitoring
The only English roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.
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In Sochi, Athletes Hit Slopes On Eve of Opening

As snowboarders and skiers flew through the Olympic snow in Sochi on the first day of sporting events Thursday, the organizers have attempted to respond to intensifying criticism of the first Winter Games in Russia.

Sochi Notebook: The Old Man and the Hill

One particularly picturesque hill in central Sochi is being transformed into the new Svetlana district, an area being built up with prestigious apartment buildings that offer a spectacular view of the sea.

What to Do If You Get Sick in Sochi

More than 1,000 doctors from Russia's regions have been sent to Sochi for the Olympic period, with more than 250 million rubles allocated for providing health care to athletes and tourists, but visitors who do not speak Russian could run into problems if they have to deal with the medical system.

Putin Poster in Ural Town Leads to Investigation

A photograph of President Vladimir Putin displayed at a housing utilities office, along with the caption "All questions should be addressed to him," prompted indignation from an elderly resident who demanded an investigation into the "offensive" poster, officials said.

Sberbank Plans to Recoup Sochi Investment Within 4-5 Years

The Moscow Times
State-controlled lender Sberbank, one of the biggest sponsors of construction for the Sochi Olympics, plans to recoup the tens of billions of rubles it invested in the Games within four to five years, the bank's deputy chairman of the board Stanislav Kuznetsov said Thursday.

Canada Confident About WInter Games

The Associated Press
Team Canada has taken the gold medal for confidence at the Sochi Games. Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut said he has no regrets about saying his team plans to be on the podium every day of these Winter Games.

Billie Jean King Won't Attend Sochi Opening

The Associated Press
Billie Jean King will not attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia because her 91-year-old mother is ill.

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