Putin's Olympics: The Sochi Games And The Evolution Of Twenty-first Century Russia

Hardcover | February 21, 2017

byRobert W. Orttung, Sufian ZhemukhovEditorRobert W. Orttung

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This book examines President Vladimir Putin's Olympic project as a window into understanding the workings of Russia today. It argues that Putin's top-down approach to the Olympics is an illustrative case study of his leadership style for Russia as a whole. The book highlights the history of Russia's involvement with the Olympic movement and explains why the Games are important to Putin and his political system. It discusses the various debates surrounding the history of Sochi, and goes on to examine the political, security, business, ethnic, societal, and international components that define this upcoming mega-event. The book looks at what the Sochi Olympics tells us about Russia's current political and economic systems and how they are likely to evolve after the games.

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This book examines President Vladimir Putin's Olympic project as a window into understanding the workings of Russia today. It argues that Putin's top-down approach to the Olympics is an illustrative case study of his leadership style for Russia as a whole. The book highlights the history of Russia's involvement with the Olympic movemen...

Robert W. Orttung is the Assistant Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University, USA.Sufian Zhemukhov is a Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University, USA.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:148 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:February 21, 2017Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415823722

ISBN - 13:9780415823722

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: How Putin¿s Political System Led to Olympic Corruption, Military Adventurism and State-Sponsored Doping

2. The 2014 Sochi Olympic Mega-Project and Russia¿s Political Economy

3. Political and Civil Society and the Sochi Olympics

4. Security: Fighting Terrorism and Strengthening the Military

5. International Issues: Circassians, the Former Soviet Countries, and the West

6. The Legacy of the Sochi Olympics