- Column: Sochi much more than mere fun and games Updated: Feb-05-14 10:55 am
SOCHI, Russia - The Olympic Games, a washing powder for autocrats everywhere. Got a spotty record on human rights? Is your government's repression of homosexuals, political opponents, activists of all stripes, independent media and other innocents muddying its reputation? Host the games! Guaranteed, at least temporarily, to help divert attention from those pesky stains.