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Russia celebrates year before Sochi Games

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Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to oversee lavish ceremonies on Thursday, marking the start of the one-year countdown to Russia's first Winter Olympic Games in the palm tree-lined port city of Sochi. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the "RusSki Gorki" Jumping Center at the Krasnaya Polyana resort, near the Black Sea city of Sochi, on February 6, 2013. Putin was set to oversee lavish ceremonies on Thursday, marking the start of the one-year countdown to Russia's first Winter Olympic Games in the palm tree-lined port city of Sochi.

The sports-mad Kremlin chief has made the Games an instrumental part of the patriotic message he has preached since returning to a third presidential term in the face of street protests last May.

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