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Mother Russia Struts Her Stuff

One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, today. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Music, dance and plenty of Russian bravado unleashed the ultimate achievement of Vladimir Putin’s Russia on Thursday — a Winter Olympics to showcase the best athletes on ice and snow that the world has to offer. The opening ceremony on the edge of the Black Sea and subsequent games are Russia’s chance to tell its story of post-Soviet resurrection to the world, and dispel the anger, fear and suspicion that has marred the buildup to these most expensive Olympics ever. Just after the sun set over the Caucasus Mountains and along the seashore just outside Fisht Stadium in the wet-paint-fresh Olympic Park, Russian TV star Yana Churikova shouted to a pre-show crowd still taking their seats: “Welcome to the center of the universe!”/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Are your feelings toward modern Mother Russia as intense as they were during the old USSR era?

Cutline Contest — 8.2.13

Time 2 Vote …

Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes during a mini-break in the Siberian Tyva region (also referred to as Tuva), Russia. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Thursday Winner — Nic, with 9 likes: “If you lose your balance, yoga nuh fall in the water.” You can see Thursday photo and read all 9 cutline entries here.

Russian Punk Singers Get 2 Years

Three women from the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail on Friday for their protest in a church against President Vladimir Putin, an outcome supporters described as the Kremlin leader's “personal revenge”. The group's backers burst into chants of “Shame” outside the Moscow courthouse and said the case showed Putin's refusal to tolerate dissent in his new six-year term as president. Dozens were detained as tensions rose and scuffles broke out. The United States and the European Union condemned the sentence as disproportionate and asked for it to be reviewed, although state prosecutors had demanded a three-year jail term and the maximum sentence possible was seven years/Reuters. More here. (AP photo: Feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, right, Maria Alekhina, center, and Yekaterina Samutsevich sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia, today)

Question: So you really think Russian justice under President Vladimir Putin has come that far?

APhoto Of The Day — 10.8.10

The March page of a 2011 calendar created for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s 58th birthday on Thursday shows a girl with her name and a sign saying “Vladimir Vladimirovich, “You put out the forest fires, but I’m still burning!” referring to Russian Premier  Putin’s piloting of a firefighting plane during the summer’s devastating wildfires, in Moscow, Russia. The calendar shows 12  pinup  girls, all journalism students of Moscow State University. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Arseny Grobovnikov, HO)

Top Cutlines:

  • A League of his own: Mr. Bloggy
  • 1. Although not Russian to judge the content of the calendar, pro-Monarchy supporters are concerned with anything that would ‘razz Putin’ — JohnA.
  • 2. And somewhere Bill Clinton is saying to himself, “damn, why didn’t I think of my own World Leader girlie calendar?”— Formerly Sandpoint.
  • 3. The source of global warming found, it’s Vladimir Putin! — Charlie.
  • HM: Kage Mann

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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