Putin's Olympics: The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia

1st Edition

Robert W. Orttung, Sufian N. Zhemukhov

Routledge
Published February 6, 2017
Reference - 136 Pages
ISBN 9780415823722 - CAT# Y147835
Series: BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

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Summary

President Vladimir Putin’s Olympic venture put the workings of contemporary Russia on vivid display. The Sochi Olympics were designed to symbolize Russia’s return to great power status, but subsequent aggression against Ukraine, large-scale corruption, and the doping scandal have become the true legacies of the games. The Kremlin’s style of governance through mega-projects has had deleterious consequences for the country’s development. Placing the Sochi games into the larger context of Olympic history, this book examines the political, security, business, ethnic, societal, and international ramifications of Putin’s system.

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