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Problems of Post-Communism
Editor: Dmitry Gorenburg, Harvard University
Associate Editor for Central Europe & the Balkans: Sherrill Stroschein, University College London
Associate Editor for Asia: Martin Dimitrov, Tulane University

The post-communist countries are the most rapidly changing societies of Europe and Asia. For insight into this twenty-first century revolution, there is no better source than Problems of Post-Communism. Emphasis is placed on timely research covering current economic, political, security, and international developments and trends in Russia and China, Central Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Clarity and readability make the articles fully accessible to researchers, policy makers, and students alike.

For online submissions, author and reviewer guidelines, special issue proposals, and more, visit the editorial office website at www.problemsofpostcommunism.org

Published in association with the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.

ISI Impact Factor 2012: 0.353

ISI Ranking in Political Science 2012: 124/157

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Editorial Board
Joanna Regulska, Rutgers University; James Richter, Bates College; Edward Schatz, University of Toronto; Elizabeth Wood, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Table of Contents
January-February 2014
Vol. 61 No. 01

Challenges of the 2014 Sochi Olympics
Guest Editors' Introduction. Lord of the (Five) Rings: Issues at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games
Although Russia appeared set to make an international comeback thanks to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, numerous international and domestic problems threaten to undermine the effect of the Games.
Richard Arnold and Andrew Foxall 3
Munich Syndrome: Russian Security in the 2014 Sochi Olympics
To address military and terrorist threats surrounding the Sochi Olympics, the Kremlin has revised its security plan twice, raising questions about state agencies ability to coordinate their actions and about the impact on civil society.
Sufian Zhemukhov and Robert W. Orttung 13
Still Embodying the Myth? Russia's Recognition as a Great Power and the Sochi Winter Games
By communicating Russia's return to great-power status and the defeat of insurgents in the volatile North Caucasus, the Sochi Winter Games strengthen Putin's legitimacy and may mute criticism of his policies, but this is a calculated, high-stakes political risk.
Bo Petersson 30
The 2014 Sochi Olympics and "Sovereign Power": A Political Linguistic Perspective
From a political linguistics perspective, the preparations for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games offer insight into the Kremlin-orchestrated Olympic discourse, especially the idea of sovereignty-constitutive for Putin's rule-and reveal challenges to this discourse from outside and inside the ruling group.
Natalia Gronskaya and Andrey Makarychev 41
Rural Inequality in Post-Soviet Russia
Rural inequality has increased significantly in the post-Soviet period, mirroring trends in society at large: urban rural income differences have widened; income sources have changed; and upper- and lower-income households use different strategies that increase the economic gap between them.
Stephen K. Wegren 52


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