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Sochi Olympics a Big Success for Russia and Putin

Fred Dews

Appearing on MSNBC with host TJ Holmes, Fiona Hill, director of the Center on the United States and Europe, said that the recently-ended Winter Olympic Games in Sochi were “a great success for the Russian Federation” and were “very much about Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Putin’s new Russia.” 

“So in many respects,” Hill said, “for the occasion itself—the spectacle, the performance of the Russian athletes—this has really been a great achievement. The question now is what happens next?”

Watch the interview here:



Hill is co-author with Clifford Gaddy of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (Brookings, 2013).

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