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Russia, after the applause dies down

President Vladimir Putin with figure skaters Adelina Sotnikova (right) and Julia Lipnitskaya (left) after an award ceremony for Russian athletes Monday in Sochi.
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President Vladimir Putin with figure skaters Adelina Sotnikova (right) and Julia Lipnitskaya (left) after an award ceremony for Russian athletes Monday in Sochi.

Russia staged a successful Olympics, but we shouldn’t be surprised by Vladimir Putin’s Winter Games (“Putin muscled Sochi to success. Now, what’s next?” Page A1, Feb. 23). As with other dictators wielding near-absolute power, considerable things can be accomplished.

Russia is the country with the chip on its shoulder, believing the rest of the world sees it as inferior.

But this isn’t because the West won’t acknowledge Russia’s greatness. It’s because oppression and corruption still cripple Russia.

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An old Russian proverb still applies to the former Soviet Union: A bird is known by its flight.

Garry Reidister

Winthrop