Let the games begin. Sochi may have been better known as a summer resort, but no matter! Vladimir Putin literally moved mountains to bring the Winter Olympics to the Black Sea. His moment of glory is now upon us – but with a constant stream of protests against his so-called "gay propaganda" laws, and numerous accounts of exploited Olympic workers, will his critics be silenced now the Games are under way?
Produced and prepared by Yann Pusztai, Haxie Meyers-Belkin, and Christopher Davis
Contributor to the International New York Times
European Affairs Editor, Reuters
Paris correspondent, Zaman