Putin Eases Protest Ban Ahead of Sochi Olympics

The Kremlin will allow approved demonstrations in a designated zone

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Correction appended: Jan. 5, 2014, 10:45 p.m. E.T.

President Vladimir Putin lifted a ban on protests in Sochi just five weeks before the city hosts the 2014 Winter Olympic Games next month.

Beginning Tuesday, the Kremlin will allow demonstrations approved by the mayor’s office and the Federal Security Service in a designated zone about 9 miles from the nearest Olympics site.

Putin issued the ban in August, drawing criticism from the International Olympic Committee and humanitarian organizations about the strict security tactics ahead of the Olympics, which begin Feb. 7. The designated zone, similar to one the Chinese government created during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, may be a part of a greater strategy to improve Russia’s reputation before the games.

The announcement comes after the release of dozens of high-profile prisoners, including former oligarch Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, 30 Greenpeace activists and two members of the female punk band Pussy Riot.

However, two suicide bombings last week that left at least 34 dead stoked fears of terrorism at the Olympic Games.

[The New York Times]

An earlier version of this article misstated the year of the Sochi Olympics. It is 2014, not 2914.

3 comments
Bullsgt
Bullsgt

You have got to give the Russians cudo's for planning so far in advance "2914 winter Olympic Games". 

DeanJackson
DeanJackson

“Like the Party, the Komsomol had increased its strength and widened its role in the support of the [Long-Range Policy”] strategy. Its membership probably exceeds 40 million. The Party and Komsomol have close ties with the trade unions, the unions of creative workers and the 6 million vigilantes who assist the Ministry of the Interior and the militia in the policing of the population of the larger Soviet cities. Their existence and their role have been important factors rendering possible the introduction and control of Soviet ‘democratisation’.”  --  KGB Defector Major Anatoliy Golitsyn, The Perestroika Deception, September-November 1990, p. 123.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

Are you kidding me, TIME Magazine??  The, "2914 Winter Olympic Games??"  Or, how about, "...the Kremlin will allow protests demonstrations approved by the mayor’s office...??" 

Did anyone proof-read this article before publishing it?  Or, did you fire all your editors in a series of cost-cutting measures?  Why are writers like Courtney Subramanian who lack attention to detail in their professional writings on your payroll??  They are the reason why you are losing readers, revenues, and relevancy in the 21st century.

Sheesh...