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The Olympics in Russia

Putin has countered criticism of his human rights policy by granting amnesty to imprisoned members of the opposition like Khodorkovsky. Will his charm offensive work its magic at the Winter Olympics in Sochi?

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Cracow's mature citizens vote against Olympics

Almost 70 percent of the residents of the Polish city of Cracow who took part in a referendum on Sunday voted against their city making a bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. This result proves that the citizens of Poland are gaining in maturity, Radosław Leniarski of the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza comments approvingly: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Wednesday, 5. March 2014

No need to discuss boycotting Paralympics

The Ukrainian team wants to stay away from the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, which kick off on Friday. But people are wrong to urge all the teams to boycott the Paralympics because of the Crimea crisis, the German public radio station Deutschlandfunk writes: » more

Lrytas - Lithuania | Monday, 24. February 2014

Putin smothers the Olympic spirit

The Winter Games in Sochi came off without a hitch but there was no sign of the Olympic spirit, the news portal writes: » more

Kainuun Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 25. February 2014

Sports minister boozes like in Soviet times

The Finnish Culture and Sports minister Paavo Arhinmäki apologised on Monday for his excessive consumption of alcohol at a party celebrating the Finnish ice hockey team's bronze medal win in Sochi. The daily Kainuun Sanomat denounces the minister's irresponsible behaviour: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Friday, 21. February 2014

Olympic athletes should wear black armbands

The International Olympic Committee rejected a request put forward on Wednesday by the Ukrainian Olympic Committee that Ukrainian athletes be allowed to wear black armbands. A pity, the left-liberal daily Der Tagesspiegel writes, and hopes that in view of the catastrophic situation in Ukraine the closing ceremonies on Sunday will allow for expressions of mourning: » more

RTV Slovenija - Slovenia | Friday, 21. February 2014

Slovenia must keep its élan after Sochi

Slovenia has won seven medals so far at the Winter Games in Sochi. The sports journalist Igor E. Bergant writes in his column with the television station RTV Slo that he'd like to see similar triumphs in other areas: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Thursday, 20. February 2014

No more Cold War in ice hockey

The Russian ice hockey team was unexpectedly eliminated by Finland in the Olympic quarter-finals in Sochi on Wednesday. This was a defeat confined to sports sphere since the players no longer have the task of defending a political system, the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita reasons: » more

Dilema Veche - Romania | Wednesday, 19. February 2014

Putin gambled high with Sochi

Just under a third of the medals at Sochi are still up for grabs, but with an estimated price tag of 50 million dollars it's clear that these Olympics are the most expensive to date. According to an analysis in the weekly paper Dilema Veche, the costs were driven upwards by corruption and miscalculations: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Monday, 17. February 2014

Speed skating most boring Olympic discipline

The Dutch are winning medal after medal in speed skating at the Sochi Winter Games. No wonder some want to have the sport struck from the Olympic programme, columnist Johan Ten Hove jokes in the Christian-social daily Trouw: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Monday, 10. February 2014

Russia shows a surprisingly open face

Olympic host Russia treated those who watched the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games on Friday to a brief excursion through its past. For the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza the spectacle was surprisingly bold: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Saturday, 8. February 2014

Olympics not always good for host's image

Russia hopes to boost its image with the Olympic Games, but it won't have an easy time of it, the liberal daily Berlingske writes: » more

Main focus of Friday, 7. February 2014

Winter Games kick off in Sochi

The Winter Olympics in Sochi kick off with an opening ceremony this Friday evening. Some commentators criticise the billions that have been spent on sports ... » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Friday, 7. February 2014

Human rights more important than sports event

The Winter Games in Sochi have become a symbol for human rights, the left-liberal daily De Morgen writes: » more

Hospodářské noviny - Czech Republic | Friday, 7. February 2014

Great concern over attacks

With the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi a large-scale security operation also gets underway today, the business paper Hospodářské noviny writes, pointing to the widespread concerns about potential attacks: » more

Le Berry Républicain - France | Friday, 7. February 2014

Putin's one man show

Corrupt sports officials are ruining the spirit of the Olympics, the regional daily Le Berry Républicain complains: » more

Aftonbladet - Sweden | Friday, 7. February 2014

Influence the Olympics through sponsors

The International Olympic Committee is unable to influence the human rights policy of host countries, so consumers should put pressure on the Olympic sponsors with their purchasing decisions, the tabloid Aftonbladet writes: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Friday, 7. February 2014

Olympic Games sell-off

This year's Olympic Games are proof for the left-liberal daily Delo that money rules these days: » more

Postimees - Estonia | Wednesday, 5. February 2014

Sports reporters caught in Putin's PR trap

The starry-eyed reports coming from Sochi as the Winter Olympics are set to kick off only help Putin manipulate the event to his advantage, the liberal daily Postimees criticises: » more

Karjalainen - Finland | Thursday, 6. February 2014

As of now Sochi is a celebration of sports

Human rights organisations and the media have rightly criticised Russia in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics, but now it's time to put sports in the spotlight, the liberal daily Karjalainen writes: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Wednesday, 5. February 2014

Don't give Olympics to authoritarian states

Two days before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten calls on the International Olympics Committee (IOC) to rethink how it selects the hosts of the games: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 4. February 2014

Putin abuses the Olympic ideal

The Winter Olympics kicks off in Sochi on Friday. But under President Putin the games have been degraded to a show of power politics, the conservative daily Večernji List criticises: » more

Contributors - Romania | Tuesday, 28. January 2014

Russia will do utmost to stay out of struggle

No matter how the situation in Ukraine develops, Russia will stay out of the row for now, political analyst Valentin Naumescu writes on the blog portal Contributors: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Sunday, 19. January 2014

Putin's sly charm offensive before Sochi

In an interview with international media published on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected criticism of his policies in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. But the world should not be fooled by his words, the left-liberal daily The Independent writes: » more

Magyar Nemzet - Hungary | Tuesday, 31. December 2013

Attacks bring Putin and the West together

At least 34 people died and dozens were injured in two terrorist attacks in the southern Russian city of Volgograd shortly before the turn of the year. The conservative daily Magyar Nemzet writes that the attacks have joined the fates of Russia and the West: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 23. December 2013

Not a spoilsport - for now

Khodorkovsky's wanting to stay away from politics shows that he doesn't want to take any risks, the left-liberal daily Der Standard concludes: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Friday, 20. December 2013

Khodorkovsky meant to save Sochi

A petition from Russia's most famous prison inmate may have helped bring about the pardon, but it is also without doubt a result of Putin's political machinations, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes writes: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 20. December 2013

Putin's big charade

Putin's amnesty announcement and the Winter Olympics in Sochi are just a big charade, the left-liberal daily Der Standard believes: » more

El País - Spain | Friday, 20. December 2013

A good year for the Russian president

The Kremlin boss Putin has had a very successful year and is even taking the wind out of the sails of several politicians' Olympics boycott, the left-liberal daily El País concludes: » more

La Liberté - Switzerland | Thursday, 19. December 2013

Putin playing Santa in run-up to Olympics

The Russian parliament passed an amnesty law on Wednesday under which thousands of prison inmates may be released, including opponents of the regime like the members of the punk group Pussy Riot. The left-liberal daily La Liberté suspects President Putin is aiming to polish up his image ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi: » more

Kurier - Austria | Thursday, 19. December 2013

Protest in Sochi is better than a boycott

As a sign of protest against Russia's anti-gay policy the US is sending lesbian tennis legend Billie Jean King to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The 70-year-old is a member of the US official delegation, the White House announced on Tuesday. Such signals are more effective than boycotting the games, the liberal daily Kurier writes approvingly: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Tuesday, 10. December 2013

German president has a double standard

German President Joachim Gauck's Olympic boycott betrays a double standard, columnist Jakob Augstein writes on the news portal Spiegel Online: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Monday, 9. December 2013

Gauck stands up to Russia

German President Joachim Gauck will not travel to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, his office announced on the weekend. With this move Gauck is finally adding an influential voice from within the EU to the protests against Russia, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes: » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Monday, 12. August 2013

Rainbow should shine over Sochi

Several countries are discussing a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in reaction to the anti-gay laws in Russia. The liberal daily NRC Handelsblad approves of the debate: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Friday, 9. August 2013

IOC must protect gay athletes

British Actor Stephen Fry on Thursday called for the boycotting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi owing to discrimination against gays. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) also bears responsibility for protecting basic rights, the left-liberal daily De Morgen admonishes: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Friday, 2. August 2013

Use Olympics to protest against Putin

Contrary to prior announcements Russia's controversial anti-gay law will remain in force during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the country's Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko stressed on Thursday. Hans Linde, foreign policy spokesman of Sweden's left-wing Vänsterpartiet, has criticised the new law in an open letter. The liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten sees the Olympics as a good opportunity to exert pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin: » more


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