For Olympics Opening Ceremonies, a quick guide to Russian history and culture

By Will Englund, February 7, 2014

SOCHI, Russia — The history of the host country is supposed to be reflected in the pageantry of the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics, wrapped around the parade of athletes, the lighting of the torch and the inevitable speeches. Russia has had more than its share of history, so on Friday evening at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, where the 2014 Winter Games will get underway, there will be plenty of material to draw on.

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