Sochi Olympics 2014

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The Week In Review: Putin's PR Problem

Maybe 25 days before Russia takes the world spotlight wasn't the best time for the Russian Orthodox Church to promote the idea of returning to a Stalin-era law prohibiting consenting adults from choosing their own partners. It's generally considered unseemly to initiate a human-rights disaster so close to hosting the games. However at least the Church has done the world a favour; it has reminded us that the reality of present-day Russia is a lot less like the palatable version Mr. Putin is trying to sell us and a lot more like the repressive and abusive version we suspect.