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Crimea's Controversial Election Day

According to officials, nearly 97 percent of the ethnically diverse peninsula voted yesterday to secede from Ukraine.

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Sochi's Sobering Day After: Now What?

There's a broad consensus the city faces an unusually painful reckoning.

Daredevil Russians Climb the World's Second-Tallest Skyscraper

And then because that wasn't enough, walk on a crane more than 2,000 feet above the pavement.

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A Guide to Getting Around Sochi During the Games

Including a fancy new $8.7 billion rail line.

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The Global Map of Homophobia

As eyes turn to Sochi, a look at the countries where it's worst (and best) to be gay.

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Here Come the Cossacks

Russia's unarmed, heavily costumed guards may look intimidating, but their actual power is pretty limited.

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Meet the People Trying To Save Sochi's Stray Dogs

Animal activists estimate that thousands of dogs have been killed under the government's Olympics-motivated crackdown.

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The Many Palm Trees of This Year's Winter Olympics

Tropical flora is all over the coastal parts of Sochi, and visitors are taking notice.

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Don't Worry Canada, Everyone Has a Tiny Bed in Sochi

Canadians are not impressed with their hockey team's accommodations.

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Visiting Stalin's Sochi Retreat

The former Soviet dictator loved vacationing in the coastal resort town. 

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Sochi's Plan to Rid Itself of Stray Dogs

Local officials see extermination as the most efficient method, though it's controversial among activists.

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Sochi's Media Village Isn't Ready Yet

Days from the opening ceremonies, constructions crews are still at work on hotels, shops, and sidewalks.

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Russian Men Tend to Die Early Because of Vodka

And the death figures go down whenever the country's government cracks down on alcohol sales.

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Russia Ramps Up Security for the Winter Olympics

The country is deploying 50,000 soldiers and police for the Games.

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There Are No Gay People in Sochi, Says the Mayor of Sochi

"I am not sure, but I don't bloody know them."

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Finding Sochi's Indigenous People

Russians drove the Circassians out in the 19th century. A handful have returned to trace their ancestral roots.

Alexander Vigdorov

Moscow's 'Sexy' New Subway Stations

Stylish spots that intensely fashionable Muscovites will love.

Rob Hornstra

'Like the Florida of Russia, but Cheaper'

A fascinating new book offers an inside glimpse of Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in February.

Russia's Olympic Woes Compound as a Torch Runner Catches Fire

It's just the latest screeching derailment in the slow-moving train wreck that is the 2014 Winter Olympics torch relay.