February 7th, 2014
09:18 PM ET

Putin stakes reputation on Sochi Games

Russian President Vladimir Putin was named the world's most powerful man in 2013, according to Forbes Magazine - and the Olympic Games are supposed to be his crowning achievement.

But the Games have gotten off to a rock start.

Vladimir Putin's remarkable comeback

Half-finished hotels have rooms that are missing things like light-bulbs, chairs and even doorknobs.

Beyond that, one of the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony failed to illuminate, leaving a single snowflake where the ring should have appeared.

Police also arrested several gay rights activists in St. Petersburg and Moscow Friday for waving rainbow flags.

OutFront: Randall Lane is the Editor of Forbes.

Filed under: International • Vladimir Putin
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