Russia, Gay Rights and the Sochi Olympics


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This year's winter Olympics are the most expensive in history. But is Sochi ready?



The Olympics start on Friday, and Russia’s already set a world record for the most expensive Olympics in history. But what has $50 billion built? This hour we’ll talk about the tense social, economic and political climate looming over the games. Plus we’ll gain some insight into Russia’s recent anti-gay laws, and a long history of intolerance.


  • David M. Herszenhorn, New York Times Russian Bureau Chief
  • David R. Stone, Professor of History at Kansas State University


Check out Origins Magazine for David Stone’s upcoming article on Russia, Gay Rights and the Sochi Olympics

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