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Olympics: Sochi ready for drama on and off the piste

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Olympics: Sochi ready for drama on and off the piste

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All eyes are on Sochi as the Black Sea resort gears up for the forthcoming Olympics, but Russia’s first winter Games remain mired in controversy.

The event is tainted by allegations of planning corruption and mistreatment of local residents, by Moscow’s policies on gay people and by security concerns.

Sochi 2014 is set to become the most expensive Winter Games ever, but President Putin has invested much more than the just the country’s wealth in the record-breaking project. As the world looks on both Putin and Russia’s image and reputation are under scrutiny as never before. Will Sochi be judged on its sporting glories are political controversies? That’s what Valerie Zabriskie aims to find out in the edition of Reporter.