RUSSIA PARALYMPICS UNDER SHADOW OF UKRAINE CRISIS

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MOSCOW: Russia on Friday (Saturday in Manila) will open its first ever Paralympic Games, in Sochi, a chance to lift the stigma against people with disabilities in the country but already shadowed by Moscow’s intervention in neighboring Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to travel to Sochi to oversee the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympic Games on Friday evening in the Black Sea host city. Russia topped the medals table at the Winter Olympic Games last month, and the event was widely seen as a triumph. International praise of the impressive ceremonies were a boost to Putin’s attempt to showcase Russia as a modern and successful country.

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