Putin's hopes to burnish Russia's image with Sochi 2014

February 6, 2014 10:40 AM

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Putin's hopes to burnish Russia's image with Sochi 2014

It was July 1980 and in the packed Central Lenin Stadium in Moscow, the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev declared the Summer Olympic Games open.

But amid all the pomp and ceremony of this, the first Olympics behind the Iron Curtain, there was one thing Brezhnev failed to mention in his welcome speech: just a few years earlier, he had seriously considered ditching the whole project.

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