Vladimir Putin

Putin in Sochi To Inspect Venues For Winter Olympics

Visit comes after suicide bombings in Volgograd


MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Friday in Sochi, where he intends to inspect the venues for the upcoming Winter Olympics, his spokesman said.

"In the coming days, the president will examine in detail all the [five] venues of the mountain cluster and [six venues of] the coastal cluster," press secretary Dmitry Peskov told the Itar-Tass news agency. "He will once again watch the preparation procedures for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games whose rehearsals are taking place at the Fisht Stadium."