Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2012

In Osteuropa 6-8/2012

Think Big!
The Grand Project Sochi 2014

Martin Müller

Deutsche Fassung


The 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi are just one in a series of new, grand projects in Russia. More than other projects, however, they are considered a personal cause of Vladimir Putin. The games are to convey the utopia of modernity at home and to underscore Russia’s claims to great power status abroad. However, aspirations and reality are far apart: this project will not allow Russia’s leadership to realise its publicly stated goals.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2012, pp. 313–324)