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    Putin Displeased with Ukraine Distracting from Olympics

    Job No. 1? Ukraine. You can only imagine Russian President Vladimir Putin is none too pleased about the civil unrest there — and the less than flattering spotlight it’s shining on Russia — not to mention distracting attention from his signature sports event in Sochi. But oozing confidence as the … More

    Is Russia Safe for the Winter Olympics?

    When he’s not playing political strongman, Russian President Vladimir Putin likes to have some fun. There are lots of shots of him — often shirtless — atop a horse, tossing a judo opponent, even riding a great white shark?… OK, well maybe that last one was Photoshopped. Anyway, you get … More

    Corruption—Not Just Terrorism—Threatens the Sochi Games

    While the world is focusing on a terror threat to Sochi and Russia during this month’s Winter Olympics, a prominent Russian opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, warns that a terrorist attack is not the only danger. The Sochi Olympics have spotlighted Russia’s systemic problems, including corruption, which have led to poorly … More

    5 Things You Might Be Asking about the Sochi Terrorist Threats

    With two weeks to go before the opening of the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, terrorist threats have many questioning the security of the games. The Foundry asked Heritage’s expert on the region, Ariel Cohen, for some perspective on the threats. Where are the terrorist threats to the Olympics coming … More

    U.S. Hockey Player Forced to Remove Constitution from Mask at Olympics

    The U.S. Constitution has been banned by the International Olympic Committee – at least in one way. U.S. women’s hockey goalie Jessie Vetter is heading to Sochi, Russia, for the Olympic Winter Games next month. She planned to adorn her hockey mask, using 23 karat gold paint, with the opening … More

    Why the Russia Terrorist Attack Should Worry Americans

    This week’s terrorist bombings in Russia allegedly perpetrated by Islamist militants from the Caucasus region should be of deep concern to us — and not just because of the Winter Olympic Games next month in Sochi. Of course, the two bombings in two days in Volgograd that killed some 30 … More

    Volgograd Terror Wave Threatens Sochi Olympics, Russian Civic Peace

    Russia’s holiday cheer was shattered by brutal suicide bombings on December 29 and 30 in the city of Volgograd that killed at least 31 people. Many experts believe that the bombings, which come just weeks before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, are an attempt by North Caucasus … More

    Olympics Put Value of Competition on Display

    This weekend, the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team is widely favored to capture a gold medal. Favored to, but not guaranteed to. The Americans struggled against Argentina on Monday (up just a point at the half) and edged Lithuania by just five points last week. This team can be defeated. … More

    Under Olympic Cover, Russian Cargo Ship Approaches Syria

    Under the cover of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the Russian cargo ship MV Alaed, allegedly carrying attack helicopters for the Bashar al-Assad regime, is once again en route to Syria. In addition to the attack helicopters, it is thought that the ship is also carrying air defense weapons. Nobody seems to notice. Only nine … More

    North Korea to Olympians: No Medals Means Labor Camp

    What if not winning a gold medal in the Olympics meant being cast out of society and forced into a labor camp when you returned home from London? Such is the fate awaiting some North Korean athletes who fail to bring home medals. Adding insult to injury, the athletes are … More