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  • The Olympic mascot Bear Misha is seen during the closing ceremony of the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympic Games at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow August 3, 1980. Political controversy, tight security, worries about costs and mega-construction projects: for Sochi 2014, read Moscow 1980. The Communist Soviet Union has collapsed and the Cold war has ended since Moscow organised the Summer Olympics 34 years ago, but there are still some striking parallels with the Winter Games opening in Sochi on February 7, 2014. In bringing the Olympics to Russia, President Vladimir Putin is following in a tradition dating back to Soviet times of using sport to project his country as a world-beating superpower. Picture taken August 3, 1980. REUTERS/Sergei Kivrin (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)

    The Olympic mascot Bear Misha is seen during the closing ceremony of the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympic Games at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow August 3, 1980. Political controversy, tight security, worries about costs and mega-construction projects: for Sochi 2014, read Moscow 1980. The Communist Soviet Union has collapsed and the Cold war has ended since Moscow organised the Summer Olympics 34 years ago, but there are still some striking parallels with the Winter Games opening in Sochi on February 7, 2014. In bringing the Olympics to Russia, President Vladimir Putin is following in a tradition dating back to Soviet times of using sport to project his country as a world-beating superpower. Picture taken August 3, 1980. REUTERS/Sergei Kivrin (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)