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Sochi Olympic critics getting terrorist treatment
Sochi Stifling Critic Heal
Suren Gazaryan, an exiled activist of the Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus, talks to the Associated Press in Tbilisi, Georgia. Dozens of Sochi activists, journalists and environmentalists have been harassed and intimidated in the run up to the Winter Games in Sochi. - photo by Associated Press
SOCHI, Russia — They are fearless, stubborn and increasingly under siege. Environmentalists, activists and journalists in Sochi have spent years exposing the dark side of Vladimir Putin's showcase Winter Games — and now they're paying the price. In recent months, these campaigners have been detained, put on trial and even barred from going to the beach.