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Advertisers make $900-million bet on Olympic Winter Games

The lighting of the Olympic flame in Russia will launch a nearly $900-million bet by U.S. advertisers that this year's<p>Winter Gameswill become a feel-good event for television audiences.<p>Leading up to Friday's official opening of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, most of the attention has centered on …

Winter Olympics

Why the Hell Are the Olympics Being Held in Sochi, Anyway?

It seems crazy to host the Winter Olympics in a subtropical beach town nestled in a historically war-torn region that's still plagued by an insurgency. But Vladimir Putin has his reasons.<p><i>Photo via</i><p>Hosting the Olympic Games is a pain in the ass and costs a fortune. Most hosts lose money on the deal, …

The Economic Impact Of The Winter Olympics: Not Great For Russia But Sochi Stands To Gain

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics kicked off in glorious style on Friday with an elaborate opening ceremony for what is expected to be the most …

The Waste and Corruption of Vladimir Putin's 2014 Winter Olympics

The new road and railway to Krasnaya Polyana, the mountain resort that will host the ski and snowboard events of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, …

Sochi Olympics: Going for the gold, spending in the red

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia likely will take the gold for being the most expensive Games in history.<p>Originally estimated at some $12 billion, the final costs for hosting the Sochi games is expected to exceed $50 billion—far surpassing the high of $15 billion in Athens in 2004.<p>That money, …

Brazil

Companies can help advance human rights; Sochi shows they rarely do

The world will start watching the costliest Olympics in history today. And perhaps one of the most controversial.<p>The multi-billion pound prestige projects for the Sochi winter Olympics contrast violently with the exploitation of workers engaged in Olympic construction; allegations of the illegal …

Rights & Freedoms

The price of gold: Taking first place in Olympics could cost US stars as much as $10G in taxes

An athlete who wins gold at the 2014 Olympic Games under way in Sochi, Russia, stands in line to pay $10,000 to Uncle Sam.<p>The U.S. Olympic Commission awards cash prizes to Olympians who win a medal -- $25,000 for a gold, $15,000 for a silver and $10,000 for a bronze. But the money is considered …

Russia: Winter games Olympic torch throws light on human rights violations

As the Olympic torch arrives in Moscow ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Amnesty International is launching a worldwide campaign to highlight …

Rights & Freedoms