Archive for February 5th, 2014

February 5, 2014, by Andre de Nesnera of VOANews

When Russia last staged an Olympic Games, much of the world’s finest were no shows. With Sochi, Russia is banking on staging an elaborate turnabout. Russian President Vladimir Putin has […]

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The Games continue as the rule of law atrophies

February 5, 2014, by Bill Cohn for The Prague Post

The Olympic Games are a spectacle, which begin anew this week. Like the Super Bowl, it is corporate branded entertainment. Nothing wrong with fun and ...

Bulgaria’s Olympic team off to Sochi with no expectations

February 5, 2014, by The Sofia Globe staff

Despite its fair share of winter resorts, Bulgaria has never been a powerhouse of winter sports – for most of the athletes in the country’s Olympi ...

Sochi Olympics: Putin’s legacy or liability?

February 5, 2014, by James Brooke VOA Moscow Bureau Chief

When the Sochi Olympics open on Friday, they will be the most expensive Olympics games in history. The $50 billion cost is four times Putin’s o ...

  • Money spent on Sochi Games raises questions
    February 5, 2014, by Jeffrey Young of VOANews

    The flame will be lit later this week to open the 2014 Winter Olympics being staged at the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi. But behind the pomp are […]

  • Rising cost of Olympics begs question: Why host?
    February 5, 2014, by Brian Allen of

    With the Winter Olympics beginning this week, the world’s attention is turning to Sochi. But when the athletes and tourists leave, Russia will have spent more than $50 billion to […]

  • Gay rights demonstrators organize Olympic rallies
    February 5, 2014, by VOANews

    Protests are being organized around the world against Russia’s anti-gay law, as athletes prepare to compete in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Gay rights activists are gathering in large cities, […]

  • Bulgaria cuts fees on registering new businesses
    February 5, 2014, by The Sofia Globe staff

    Bulgaria’s Cabinet decided on February 5 to cut the fees charged by the country’s Registry Agency on the registration of new businesses, the government media service said. Additionally, the fees […]