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Putin arrives in Sochi to inspect Olympic venues, test ski slope
Putin arrives in Sochi to inspect Olympic venues, test ski slope

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Friday in Sochi, where he intends to inspect the venues for the upcoming Winter Olympics, his spokesman said. “In the coming days, the president will examine in detail all the [five] venues of the mountain cluster and [six venues of] the coastal cluster,” press secretary Dmitry Peskov told the Itar-Tass news agency. “He will once again watch the preparation procedures for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games whose rehearsals are taking place at the Fisht Stadium.” Putin started his inspection by going down the alpine slope at Laura Stadium, designed to host cross-country...

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