Photo Gallery: The Most Expensive Games Ever
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Photo Gallery: The Most Expensive Games Ever

Putin's Games Influence Peddling at the Feeding Troughs of Sochi

Though the Olympic Games in Sochi don't begin until next week, the victor is already clear: Vladimir Putin. The president has used the spectacle -- and the vast construction contracts involved -- to secure his own power and to rid himself of rivals.
Translated from the German by Charles Hawley