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Putin's Olympics

The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia

Robert W. Orttung (The George Washington University, USA) Sufian N. Zhemukhov (The George Washington University, USA)



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06 February 2017
President Vladimir Putin's Olympic venture put the workings of contemporary Russia on vivid display. The Sochi Olympics were designed to symbolize Russia's return to great power status, but subsequent aggression against Ukraine, large-scale corruption, and the doping scandal have become the true legacies of the games. The Kremlin's style of governance through mega-projects has had deleterious consequences for the country's development. Placing the Sochi games into the larger context of Olympic history, this book examines the political, security, business, ethnic, societal, and international ramifications of Putin's system.
By:   Robert W. Orttung (The George Washington University USA), Sufian N. Zhemukhov (The George Washington University, USA)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9780415823722
ISBN 10:   0415823722
Series:   BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies
Pages:   136
Publication Date:   06 February 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Introduction: How Putin's Political System Led to Olympic Corruption, Military Adventurism and State-Sponsored Doping 2. The 2014 Sochi Olympic Mega-Project and Russia's Political Economy 3. Political and Civil Society and the Sochi Olympics 4. Security: Fighting Terrorism and Strengthening the Military 5. International Issues: Circassians, the Former Soviet Countries, and the West 6. The Legacy of the Sochi Olympics

Robert W. Orttung is the Research Director of the Sustainability Collaborative and Associate Research Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University, USA. Sufian N. Zhemukhov is a Senior Research Associate at The George Washington University and Lecturer at The University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA. .

Reviews for Putin's Olympics: The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia

Putin's Olympics rightly and repeatedly reminds us that in the process of creating the Sochi experience, Putin, like his autocratic and authoritarian predecessors, broke a lot of eggs in order to make this cake. Catherine A. Schuler, University of Maryland

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