Olympic flame going out a sign of something bigger?
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|Mon, 10-07-2013 - 11:38am|
In an interesting chain of events the Olympic torch flame was snuffed out as the torch bearer entered the Kremlin. Already taking some heat for it's anti-gay policies, this was the last thing Russian officials needed. "Critics would argue that Russian officials smothered the Olympic spirit long before this weekend's embarrassing blow at the start of the Olympic torch relay in Moscow.
With calls for boycotts and audits and other reminders of the sordid side of life under Vladimir Putin already drowning out some of the hype for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the last thing the Kremlin needs is a real or metaphorical flameout.
But that's exactly what it got on the first day of the Russian torch relay, when the Olympic flame was snuffed out as it toured the Kremlin on its way to the Black Sea resort in February.
It is an Olympic moment that Russians would just as soon forget." READ MORE