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Sochi terror threats overshadow events

January 28th, 2014
03:11 PM ET

With the Winter Olympics in Sochi set to begin in just 10 days, headlines are filled with talk of security concerns, terror threats and contingency plans.

But what about the 6,000 athletes who are arriving for the games?  The world's best lugers, figure skaters and ice hockey players are descending on Sochi for their Olympic moment.

Becky takes a closer look at whether the sports can steal the spotlight from security in Sochi.

Filed under:  Analysis • Europe • London • Olympics • Russia • Sochi • Sport • Video

Putin: No discrimination in Sochi

January 18th, 2014
03:07 PM ET

It's now less than three weeks until the Sochi Winter Olympics begin, and preparations have not been without controversy. Russia has come under international pressure since its parliament passed a law last summer outlawing "gay propaganda", and one of the big questions has been how gay athletes and visitors will be treated when they arrive for the games.

Addressing volunteers near Sochi yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin downplayed these fears, stating that gay and lesbian visitors won't face prosecution as long as they "leave children in peace".

Becky asked CNN's correspondent Nic Robertson about the response to the President's remarks.

"The issue there of gay people coming to Russia – athletes and visitors – how are they going to be treated? He said they'll be treated properly. But of course there's a real concern here that while President Putin speaks like this many people take that language to sort of conflate his conflating the issue of homosexuality with paedophilia, and it has lead to a rise in abuses of gays in Russia right now."

Nic emphasized the importance of these games for Putin's domestic and international reputation. "A lot rides on this for him."

Becky also asked Nic about the general atmosphere around the city. "It's buzzing. Wherever you go in this city right now workers seem to be trying to get the last of the trees in, fill in the holes in the road, get the ground levelled out straight, put ramps up next to steps – they haven't finished putting on all the handrails if you will. So it really does seem to be a sort of race to get this place ready in three weeks."

Text: Putin says gays 'can feel safe' at Sochi Winter Olympics

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Filed under:  Olympics • Russia • Sochi

Expert: Sochi is Putin's signature event

January 8th, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Becky speaks to Olympic Games expert Ed Hula about the amount of money Russia has spent on Sochi 2014.

Video: Protecting the Olympic Games

Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Russia • Video

Pardoned Brits return from Russian prison

December 30th, 2013
01:43 PM ET

The Arctic 30 are home after being released from prison in Russia.

Read: Freed Greenpeace ship captain back home from Russia

In case you missed it, CNN's Rosie Tomkins greeted the 5 Britons in London just after their return. 

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Filed under:  London • Russia • Video

Mikhail Khodorkovsky released from prison

December 23rd, 2013
02:02 PM ET

Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky arrived in Germany after Russian President Vladimir Putin released him Friday following more than 10 years in prison, the German Foreign Ministry said.

Khodorkovsky's son, Pavel, told CNN in a text message that he flew to Germany to meet his father.

In a statement following his release, Khodorkovsky said he asked Putin to pardon him on November 12, "and I am glad his decision was positive." He further said "the issue of admission of guilt was not raised" in the discussion.

He went on to personally thank those who followed his case and supported him and said he was "constantly thinking of those who continue to remain imprisoned."

Becky Anderson speaks to Pavel Khodorkovsky about the news his father has been granted amnesty less than a week after he told her about his doubts that the Amnesty law would result in his pardon.

Watch: Khodorkovsky: Amnesty unlikely for father 

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