Send them away – the Olympic banishment of prostitutes
Analysis

Send them away – the Olympic banishment of prostitutes

Last month, Putin erected a “security ring of steel” around Sochi, host city of a heavily-policed Olympics. Leandra Bias believes the scenario reminds us of the Games in 1980, when prostitutes and other suspect-characters were sent away from Moscow. English is not the only language that uses understatement. “Girls of a joyful behaviour” is what prostitutes … Continue reading

The Nationalism Olympics
Analysis

The Nationalism Olympics

Much of the coverage of Russia’s first Olympic Games as an independent state has been critical, with corruption, LGBT rights and apparently repressive government policies overshadowing the opening of Sochi 2014. Here, Yuexin Rachel Lin argues that by comparing Sochi with Beijing 2008, the differences are smaller than we might imagine. The coverage of the … Continue reading