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Putin welcomes friends to Sochi Olympics but sceptics stay away

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will welcome to the Sochi Olympic Games dozens of world leaders supportive of his rule but heads of state of big Western countries will be conspicuous by their absence. 

Vladimir Putin (centre right) stands next to Russian pole vault champion and Olympic village mayor Elena Isinbayeva (centre left) after delivering a speech at the Olympic village in Sochi on February 5, 2014

Putin is expected to be joined at Friday's opening ceremony on Sochi by the likes of Ukraine's embattled President Viktor Yanukovych who is controversially leaving the political crisis at home, or Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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