No. 95: Russia and Sports
Politics, Business and National Identity
Author(s): Ben Aris, Valery Dzutsev, Markku Jokisipilä
Editor(s): Stephen Aris, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perovic, Heiko Pleines, Hans-Henning Schröder, Aglaya Snetkov
Series: Russian Analytical Digest (RAD)
Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich; Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen; Institute of History, University of Basel
Publication Year: 2011
This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest examines the role of sport in Russian politics, business and national identity building. Ben Aris considers the Russian leadership's strategy of hosting international sporting events as a driver for infrastructural development. Valery Dzutsev analyses the preparations for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, highlighting corruption, the Circas¬sian issue and security concerns. Markku Jokisipilä discusses how Putin's national champion model is being used to support Russian sport with the aim of strengthening national identity.