Sochi’s Rogue’s Gallery

The NYT surveys the would-be mayors of the city that will host the 2014 Winter Games:

Now in the running to become mayor of the southern Russian city of Sochi: a former ballerina for the Bolshoi Ballet; a porn star who sometimes goes by the name Velvet Angel; the head of Russia’s largest Masonic lodge; an Anglophile newspaper mogul; a Yeltsin-era reformer who is anathema to the Kremlin; and, among 15 or so other contenders, the president of Russia’s Arm Wrestling Federation.

And this, of course, is to say nothing of the suspected murderer who just dropped out of the race.


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