Most observers thought that any threat to the Sochi Olympics would come from disarray to the east and the south, in the fractious Caucasus. But, as it happened, strife came calling from the West.
The difference could not be more stark.
As Russia wrapped up its show of stability and splendour in Sochi, Ukraine displayed what is the more common state of affairs in the post-Soviet space: an embittered and bitterly divided populace, a dysfunctional political elite, a nation with an unusable past and a seemingly unattainable future.
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