The curtain rises this Friday on the Winter Olympics in Sochi. But not everyone is overjoyed by the most costly Winter Games ever, five times more expensive than Vancouver four years ago. Will the corruption, mismanagement, displacement of residents and environmental impact all be forgotten when the athletes hit the slopes? Or will these Games come back to haunt Russia's president, Vladimir Putin?
Produced and prepared by Anelise Borges, Christopher Davis and Haxie Meyers-Belkin
Deputy Head of News, Eurosport
Director General, Russian International Affairs Council
Correspondent for The Guardian in Moscow
FRANCE 24 Correspondent in Moscow