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Putin says ‘habitual Russophobes’ are not scaring

February 08, 2014, 3:16 UTC+3 8
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MOSCOW, February 8 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the just-started 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics as a festival and a great occasion to celebrate for all sports fans around the world, whatever its critics, whom he slammed as “habitual Russophobes’ may be saying.

He shared this and many other comments in a documentary entitled Philosophy of the Soft Way, which the national television channel Rossiya-1 aired shortly after the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony.

“True, there are people whose obsession and profession is to struggle with Russia. First, they were fighting against the Soviet Union, but then, as they have not acquired any new profession, they started fighting against Russia, and they don’t ever stop for a minute, although their efforts are no longer necessary,” Putin said in reply to a question about likely mass media criticism against the Sochi Olympics. “Regrettably, there still are habitual Russophobes and there is hardly anything that can be done about this.”

“We have arranged for this (Sochi 2014 Olympics) as a great festive occasion for our country, and not just for our country. It is a holiday for all sports devotees the world over,” Putin said.

About the media centre built for journalists in Sochi Putin said that this is possibly Russia’s largest facility of the sort.

It takes up an area of nearly 160,000 square meters - “six or seven Red Squares in size.”

“The conditions for the media will be excellent, possibly, the best in the history of all Olympics,” Putin said.

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