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Photo Gallery: The Most Expensive Games Ever

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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