More drama at the Games
The Russian Olympics in February will have as much political drama as the last time they were held in Russia. That was 1980—when the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Summer Games in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Now, more than 30 years later, Russia is once again resurgent—trying to retain influence and control in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, as we've seen in Ukraine and Syria. Expect Russian President Vladimir Putin to use the Olympics as a way to demonstrate Russian might.
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