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Putin muscled Sochi to success. Now, what’s next?

A popular Olympic attraction, Sochi Park, is a work in progress. The sprawling Russian-themed amusement park is slated to be fully operational by July.
A popular Olympic attraction, Sochi Park, is a work in progress. The sprawling Russian-themed amusement park is slated to be fully operational by July.Credit: MAXIM SHEMETOV/Reuters

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SOCHI, Russia -- In the end, nothing could rain on Vladimir Putin’s Olympic parade. Not unfinished hotel rooms, suppressed dissent, ineffective security, overbearing law enforcement, or -- so far, thank goodness -- Islamic terrorists.

There were embarassing blips, but once the Winter Games started, however, the focus was mostly on the athletes, rather than critics of the Russian president’s no-holds-barred approach to making Sochi into a national showcase.

Part 2 of the Russian president’s plan is to make Sochi a destination, and not just for Russians who stopped coming here when the end of the Communist police state opened up the rest of the subtropical world to them.

Putin wants you in Sochi. He’s already built it. But will you come?

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