Sochi

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...
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...
(Sport in Society) (Co-author: Alexandra Yatsyk) In this article, we uncover the dynamics and the evolution of Russian discourses of sovereignty before and after the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games using some elements of Foucauldian methodology and constructivist reading of sovereignty as an institution. We argue that there is a discrepancy between the rhetoric of sovereign power and the institutional practices in which it is embedded. It leads us to...
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
Pavel Baev 13 Jan 2014
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The pre-planned introduction of an extra-tough security regime around Sochi last Tuesday (January 7) has brought an escalation of concerns about safety at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games, which will open in this sub-tropical resort on February 7. While Russian mainstream media sticks to the official line of strictly choreographed joy, more skeptical Western views find their way to the less controlled Internet media—and then...
Tags: Baev, Russia, Sochi
PONARS Eurasia 07 Jan 2014
(Time) “For both groups, the security conditions in Sochi will come as something of a shock,” [Pavel] Baev says, like trying to maintain the Olympic spirit inside a “besieged fortress.” Over the past few years, Sochi’s residents have watched the walls of that fortress go up around them, as the presence of federal troops and security services has gradually intensified. So there is little about the Christmas cordon that could...
Tags: Baev, Sochi, Russia
PONARS Eurasia 02 Jan 2014
(The Jewish Voice) “Attacking the Sochi Olympics itself would be the ‘Holy Grail’ for one of these terrorist groups,” said Andrew Kuchins, who directs the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. He said, “Sochi has been virtually under lockdown for the last six months or so. Being able to penetrate that security is not going to be easy. So perhaps we see a strategy of...
Tags: Kuchins, Sochi, Russia
PONARS Eurasia 30 Dec 2013
(WNYC Radio/The TakeAway) Two suicide attacks in two days in the Russian city of Volgograd have left over 30 people dead and dozens injured. The first attack took place at a railway station over the weekend. The second happened on a bus early this morning. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which come less than weeks before the Sochi Olympic games, but suspicion has fallen on Muslim separatists from the Caucuses region who just months ago...
Tags: Sochi, Zhemukhov

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