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Did You Know It Doesn’t Actually Snow in Subtropical Sochi? | TIME.com

Did You Know It Doesn’t Actually Snow in Subtropical Sochi? | TIME.com | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Here are some other disheartening facts about the upcoming Winter Olympics

 

Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the balmy seaside city of Sochi. And with more than $50 billion spent on them, they will be the most expensive Olympics ever. With the opening ceremony just under three weeks away, here’s a quick rundown on the Florida of Russia.


Via Seth Dixon
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"A 37-hour train ride from Moscow, it’s located in Russia’s Deep South, on the  Black Sea, and boasts palm trees, pebble beaches and sulfur hot springs..."    ". . .   710,000 cu m of  snow taken from the mountains last winter and kept in storage."

". . . close proximity to the restive North Caucasus region, where bitter insurgencies  in Chechnya and the republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia have led to armed  rebellion and terrorist attacks in the Russian interior."

 

"According to Reuters, the Winter Games in Sochi will coincide with the 150th  anniversary of the expulsion of Muslim Circassians from the Black Sea coast that  resulted in the estimated deaths of 1.5 million people. Circassians living in  the U.S. have staged  demonstrations to protest the International Olympic Committee’s decision to  host the games in Sochi."

 

"With less than three weeks to go until the opening ceremony of the Winter Games  commences, there are still 300,000 tickets still available."

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Cam E's curator insight, February 18, 2014 11:44 AM

I was aware of the fact it didn't snow in Sochi, but it really makes me wonder why that location was chosen, especially since it's so close to the conflict zone in the Northern Caucus mountains. One would imagine that Russia would have locations better suited for the winter games.

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'We have our plans': Vladimir Putin warns US against Syria military action

'We have our plans': Vladimir Putin warns US against Syria military action | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Russian president says it is too early to say what Russia will do but does not exclude supporting a UN resolution
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Russians rally for release of protesters

Russians rally for release of protesters | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
One year after demonstrations against President Putin's inauguration, many activists remain in jail.
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Imprisoned Pussy Riot member hospitalized

Imprisoned Pussy Riot member hospitalized | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is serving a two-year sentence for an irreverent protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral, is in a hospital at her prison colony in Mordovia in western Russia.
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Russia, Syria and the US – parsing Uncle Vlad

Vladimir Putin has an op-ed in The New York Times reassuring Americans that he is on their side. Its attempted cuddliness brought to mind the west’s wartime image of another Russian leader. I am surprised this one did not sign the piece Uncle Vlad.
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Russian opposition leader returns to Moscow

Russian opposition leader returns to Moscow | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Alexei Navalny returned to the Russian capital after his surprise release from jail following his embezzlement conviction on Thursday.
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Russian lawmakers pass anti-gay bill in 436-0 vote

Russian lawmakers pass anti-gay bill in 436-0 vote | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Russian lawmakers have said gays should be barred from government jobs, undergo forced medical treatment or be exiled.
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Pussy Riot band member starts hunger strike in protest

Pussy Riot band member starts hunger strike in protest | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
A Pussy Riot band member, in prison for hooliganism, has announced a hunger strike to draw attention to a violation of her rights.
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Russia and China: Cementing ties

Russia and China: Cementing ties | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
As China's Xi Jinping chooses Moscow for his inaugural state visit, we look at the ties that bind the two countries.
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Russia is of course the world's largest energy producer and China the biggest consumer. The two countries are in discussion about a gas pipeline that could eventually deliver 38bn cubic metres of Russian gas a year to China(quote from article)

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