Sochi Olympics documentary casts harsh light on Putin, preparations

Vladimir Putin's efforts to ready Sochi for the Olympics has been criticized for alleged corruption and human rights abuses.
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Russia's Olympic construction committee (Olympstroy) has long been suspected of illegitimate business practices, money laundering, bribes and kickbacks for authorities. But the reaction of Russian officials to the film's release -- only one showing of Putin's Games is being permitted at the ArtDoc Film Festival in Moscow, where it is scheduled to make its Russian debut on Dec. 6 -- and alleged attempts to buy the filmmakers' silence only fuels suspicion that the upcoming celebration of sport in Sochi has a dark side the host country doesn't want revealed.

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