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Winter Games begin, Putin keen to prove doubters wrong

Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the Black Sea resort of Soch. (PTI) Russian President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the Black Sea resort of Soch. (PTI)

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday determined to prove his doubters wrong after militant attacks, a row over gay rights and ballooning costs overshadowed preparations. Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where a three-hour spectacle before 40,000 spectators at the new Fisht Stadium will signal the start of the full sporting program.

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