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Since Sochi games, Russia has gained territory, but not many tourists
Since Sochi games, Russia has gained territory, but not many tourists

Who’s itching to visit Russia right now? Anybody? Less than nine months after the Sochi Winter Olympics -- which were supposed to usher in a new era of tourism for that region and Russia as a whole -- the flow of Americans and other foreigners is slowing, not quickening. In some cases, tour operators say, their customers are traveling instead to breakaway countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. The reasons for Russia’s unpopularity here are no great mystery. Within days of the end of the Olympics (Feb. 7-23), Russia had taken first steps toward annexation of Crimea. Saber-rattling has continued along the Ukraine border, prompting objections from the United...

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