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Criticism Of Games Reflects "cold War" Mentality-Putin

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/10/us-olympics-idUKBREA150T820140210

Western criticism of Russia's Winter Olympics was reminiscent of Cold War ambitions to hold the Soviet Union back, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, despite signs that the world was warming to the most expensive Games ever held.

The buildup to the Olympics in Sochi on the Black Sea coast has been overshadowed by threats of Islamist militant violence, an international outcry over a contentious "anti-gay propaganda" law and allegations of widespread corruption and profligacy.

As the third full day of competition drew to a close, that hostility had begun to melt away and the thrills and spills on snow and ice, and a hugely popular Russian gold in the team figure skating on Sunday, began to win the critics around.

Irony coming from a man who's a product of the cold war mentality.

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Irony coming from a man who's a product of the cold war mentality.

bit early to say yet, but he should be under no illusions that he's battling against fruitcakes.

strong-man he may appear to be, but it takes a stronger man still to admit that he also needs a bit of help from his friends occasionally

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