Sochi 2014 risks

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the seaside resort city of Sochi has become a unique self-imposed bur- den for Russia. The massive preparative works for the Olympics have highlighted the state’s incapacity to manage vast construction and infrastructure projects effectively. The proximity of the Sochi Olympics site to areas of militant activity in the North Caucasus poses security risks for the games’ visitors that can hardly be ignored. In addition, the Olympic games in Sochi have revived a skeleton in Russia’s closet—the Circas- sian genocide issue, a people that once occupied the lands around Sochi, but were partly exterminated and driven out by the Russian empire in the 19th century.



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