The Sochi challenge stares Putin in the face.
Currently rudderless, the present lot of separatists now battle on simply for revenge. Moscow will therefore have to pull out all stops to convince the world that it is capable of hosting an incident-free Winter Olympics which, in a manner of speaking, is going to be Putin's
biggest advertisement for Russia. The Russian president has made several adminsitrative concessions to appease his critics. The freeing of political prisoners recently is a case in point, but with the Chechnya problem hanging over his head, he has no option but to seek peace by going to war. The recent terrorist attacks have humiliated the Kremlin despite its boasts for putting up adequate security. It can leave no stone unturned to provide for the well-being of several thousand international athletes as they descend for the Winter Olympics.
Putin will have to talk tough or risk having egg on his face.
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