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Putin's Olympics : The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia - Robert W. Orttung

Putin's Olympics

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


Published: 14th February 2017
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This book examines President Vladimir Putin's Olympic project as a window into understanding the workings of Russia today. It argues that Putin's top-down approach to the Olympics is an illustrative case study of his leadership style for Russia as a whole. The book highlights the history of Russia's involvement with the Olympic movement and explains why the Games are important to Putin and his political system. It discusses the various debates surrounding the history of Sochi, and goes on to examine the political, security, business, ethnic, societal, and international components that define this upcoming mega-event. The book looks at what the Sochi Olympics tells us about Russia's current political and economic systems and how they are likely to evolve after the games.

1. Introduction: Russia and the Olympic Movement 2. Battles to Define Sochi's Past 3. The Politics behind the Olympic Mega-Project 4. Security for the Games 5. Big Business and Olympic Construction 6. The Circassian Question: Sochi's Ethnic Backdrop 7. Sochi's Human and Environmental Costs 8. Shoring Up Russia's International Status in a Difficult Neighborhood 9. Conclusion: Russia After the Olympics

ISBN: 9780415823722
ISBN-10: 0415823722
Series: BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 150
Published: 14th February 2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1