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Vladimir Putin’s gay rights charm offensive ahead of Sochi Winter Olympics is all lies, activists say

The Russian leader is at pains to reassure the West that gay athletes and visitors are welcome at the Sochi Winter Olympics. But Oliver Wright and Alec Luhne in Moscow say the message from the LGBT community is far different

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The Skeleton specialist is among GB's best hopes of a medal in Sochi

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Vladimir Putin: Gay people at Sochi Winter Olympics must 'leave children in peace'

The Russian president has told volunteers gay people can feel "at ease" but said they must leave children alone

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Winters Olympics 2014: Jamaican bobsleigh team on verge of qualifying for Sochi Games, conjuring memories of Cool Runnings

Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon are hoping to take part in the two-man sleds

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Sergei Magnitsky - the final insult: Russia continues to 'desecrate the memory' of the whistleblower lawyer

First he was imprisoned. There he died after being denied medical treatment. Then he was put on posthumous trial. Now the Russian lawyer who dared to expose a £140m fraud is accused of perpetrating the crime himself

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Winter Olympics: Russia arrests five 'terror suspects' month before start of Sochi Games

Five terror suspects have been detained in one of Russia's North Caucasus provinces as the country's security agencies were scrambling to uproot any potential threat to the Sochi Games.

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The former Germany international has already begun to influence opinions as well as helping show the overwhelming support within the game

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President Putin vows to 'annihilate' terrorists after Volgograd suicide bombings

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David Cameron's absence is not a remark on Russia's stance on gay rights, according to Downing Street

David Cameron to skip Sochi Olympics – but insists it’s not a boycott

David Cameron is not planning to attend the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Downing Street said on Friday, but insisted the move was not a statement about Russia’s stance on gay rights.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow; he later announced the surprise early release of the former Yukos oil tycoon

Mikhail Khodorkovsky pardoned: Russian President Vladimir Putin to free former political nemesis after 10 years in prison

The former oil tycoon is to be pardoned after as part of an ‘amnesty project’ by the Kremlin ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics next year

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