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The News Tribune
Russian amnesty bill to include Greenpeace crew
The West has been highly critical of Russia's human rights record. The carefully tailored bill, which would also release members of the Pussy Riot punk band, has been largely perceived as the Kremlin's attempt to soothe criticism ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year.
Tue Dec 17, 2013
Danielle Bradbery premieres new song 'My Day' for the 2014 Winter Olympics
Country singer Danielle Bradbery premiered her new song "My Day" on Tuesday. The inspiring track will be used as a theme for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
National Review Online
Obama to Snub Sochi Opening Ceremonies
America's first gay president won't be attending the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and neither will anyone else notable from the White House.
Obama selects gay athletes for Sochi delegation
Federal prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old Harvard University student with making bomb threats that led to evacuation of four campus buildings and cancellation of some final exams Monday.
US News & World Report
Don't Boycott the 2014 Olympics Over Putin and Gays - It Won't Help
Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bad guy. He's retaliated against political opponents, presided over human rights abuses, pushed an absurd law, based on stunning self-delusion, that bans so-called "homosexual propaganda," and is basically taking Russia back to its scary, communist-era days.
Melissa Etheridge: I would go to Sochi 'with bells on'
Melissa Etheridge told the Washington Blade during an interview on Dec. 13 that she would travel to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in spite of the country's ongoing LGBT rights crackdown.
Monsters and Critics
Meredith Vieira interview on Leno
Meredith Vieira - 2013 National Board of Review Awards Gala - Inside Arrivals - Cipriani 42nd Street - New York City, NY, USA © Laurence Agron / PR Photos Tonight: NBC News' Meredith Vieira tells Jay what she hopes to see at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Mon Dec 16, 2013
Photographs that lay bare the Russian soul on view at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam
In the wake of an eventful Netherlands-Russia year, from 14 December 2013 Huis Marseille is devoting several of its exhibition galleries to a photographic examination of the intrinsically Russian soul.
Inside the Massive 2014 Winter Olympics WiFi Network
The two locations where the Olympics will take place - the Olympic village in Sochi and a tight cluster of Alpine venues in the nearby Krasnaya Polyana Mountains - are completely new construction, so this project represents a greenfield environment for Avaya, the company heading up the project.
The Daily Caller
MSNBC anchor: 'So many people consider President Obama to be the first gay president'
Roberts was speaking to Shawn Gaylord of Human Rights First, a group fighting discrimination against homosexuals and other sexual minorities.
The Washington Post
Sochi in the spotlight
The Russian host city of the 2014 Winter Games is undergoing more than a simple facelift; it's building an entirely new self, from head to toe.
Russia says kills leader of Caucasus militant group, 3 others
Russian security forces have killed four alleged militants including the leader of a group suspected of carrying out attacks on tourists and ski facilities in the North Caucasus, a government agency said on Monday.
Before the Olympics Sochi Has Got 78 AvtoUragan ANPR and Video Recording Complexes
AvtoUragan ANPR and traffic video recording systems will watch the safety and respect to rules on the roads of Sochi.
Europe to explode itself by adopting 'Magnitsky Act'
Speaking about the threats of the European Parliament to adopt "Magnitsky Act," head of the Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Alexei Pushkov said that Russia should take a tougher stance and take its own action against the countries that violate human rights.
Sun Dec 15, 2013
Germany's Angela Merkel has unveiled a coalition cabinet with a number of important Social Democrats occupying key positions.
French leaders to shun Sochi games
Neither President Francois Hollande nor any top French official will attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said.
Sat Dec 14, 2013
Who will lead U.S. delegation to Russian Olympics?
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had no comment on the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Fri Dec 13, 2013
Russia weather: Sochi will have enough snow
Concerns about a snowless Olympics were raised after two test events in Sochi had to be cancelled last February because of a lack of snow or rainy weather.
Russia: Sochi will have enough snow for Olympics
Red-suited revelers are set to throng New York City's streets and taverns this weekend, but organizers say they aim to have a more orderly SantaCon come to town this year.
Russia Beyond the Headlines
Tough regulation challenges Russian banking business
In early December Adam Smith Conferences held the 20th anniversary Russian Banking Forum in London aimed at looking at what the future holds for Russia's banks.