Putin's Other Games

Ross McDonnell

Pro-E.U. protesters man a barricade across a street in Kiev on Jan. 24 as Ukraine's political crisis worsens.

On Feb. 7, Russia's attention will turn to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where President Vladimir Putin is hoping that Islamist terrorists don't spoil the event he hopes will showcase to the world a dynamic and strong Russia. But even before the Games begin, Putin finds Russian strength and influence being severely tested on a daily basis a few hundred miles from the Olympic venue — in Ukraine, a former Soviet republic now torn between Russia and the E.U. What Putin decides to do in a nation he believes should remain in the Russian sphere of influence could...

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