Olympics

Pavel Baev 12 Dec 2017
(EDM) The decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban the Russian delegation from the 2018 Winter Olympics was predictable—and the indignant response in Moscow was ready. Hesitant voices of clean athletes, who pleaded to be able to partake in the international competition under a “neutral” flag, were drowned out by the long-prepared “patriotic” outcry against the alleged hostile foreign attempt to...
PONARS Eurasia 07 Jul 2017
(Nationalities Papers) Given that Russia is due to host the largest and most popular (by a wide margin) global sporting – the FIFA World Cup – next year, now would seem an appropriate time to reflect on the last Sporting Mega Event held in Putin’s Russia – the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. That event will live in infamy mainly because it holds the record for the fastest ever squandering of an Olympic legacy. One hopes this is...
Andrey Makarychev 06 Jul 2017
The FIFA Confederations Cup that wrapped up in Russia on July 2 is Russia’s last rehearsal for its hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. We can already see how different the tremendously expensive and highly publicized World Cup is going to be for Russia in comparison to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The poor performance of the Russian national football team in the Confederations Cup leaves minimal chances for the Kremlin to turn the FIFA Cup into a...
Robert Orttung 10 Aug 2016
(GW) Russia takes the status of its athletes very seriously, but do they equate athletic success to international success? Professor Robert Orttung tells us why Russia may use its athletes as a metric to compare itself to other countries around the world. "[Russia] is very much concerned about promoting its athletes as a way of proving that it’s a great country compared to the other countries in the world" Watch the video...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Aug 2016
(GW) Find out what's going on in Russia while athletes on the Olympic National Team get tested and turned away from the Rio Games with the Elliott School of International Affairs Olympic Inbox Series. In this episode, Sufian Zhemukhov gives us an inside look into the Russian public reaction to the doping scandal. "The biggest problem is that competitions inside Russia are unfair and honest athletes there almost don't have any...
PONARS Eurasia 09 Aug 2016
(GW) Find out what's going on in Russia while athletes on the Olympic National Team get tested and turned away from the Rio Games with the Elliott School of International Affairs Olympic Inbox Series. In this episode, Henry E. Hale gives us an inside look into the Russian public reaction to the doping scandal. "55 percent of people in Russia believe that the accusations of mass doping were groundless and that the charges were all...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Feb 2014
(C-SPAN; Video) Panelists talked about the security threats to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The group, which included PONARS Eurasia member Andrew Kuchins, as well as Thomas de Waal, Gordon Hahn, Jeffrey Mankoff, and Juan Carlos Zarate, discussed contemporary issues and the history of the various extremist groups in the region. View the full discussion © C-SPAN
PONARS Eurasia 30 Jan 2014
(The Financial Times) Nearly every day, Sochi’s tens of thousands of law enforcement officers receive another name with an accompanying photograph. There is 27-year-old Zarema Isayeva; 24-year-old Dzhamilya Mamayeva; 19-year-old Zalina Akayeva and nearly a dozen others. In their photos, the young women’s faces peek out from headscarves or hijabs. Almost all of them are from Dagestan. With just a week to go before the Winter Olympics in Sochi,...

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