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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.

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

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

Garry Reidister

Winthrop

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