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Feeling the Sochi Spirit Georgia and Russia Play Nice

Ever since the Georgian Dream coalition’s upset election victory over Mikhail Saakashvili’s UNM, Georgia-Russia relations have been on the mend. But don’t expect the good feelings to last long after the final Olympic delegation leaves Sochi.

Published on February 7, 2014
As athletes and pundits alike prepare for the big unknowns of the Sochi 2014 Olympics, much of the world’s focus will be on the all too real threat of North Caucasus terrorism, Russia’s retrograde anti-gay legislation, credible allegations of massive corruption, and the ghosts of Tsarist-era ethnic cleansing. Oh, and there will be some sporting events, too. But perhaps it’s a sign of the times that Sochi’s stone’s-throw proximity to a Russian-occupied Georgian territory is being regarded as barely newsworthy. There may even be a fair reason for that: Georgia and Russia, improbably enough, have...