4 Jan 2014

Putin skis at Sochi

10:23 am on 4 January 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken to the snow, skiing in Sochi on the first day of a visit to the host city of the Winter Olympic Games opening in a month.

Putin was joined by Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev for a run close to a complex that will be used for downhill and biathlon competitions in the Olympics

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Putin's visit, which a spokesman says will last several days, comes after recent suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd, 700 kilometres from Sochi, that counted as the deadliest attacks in Russia in three years.

The spokesman says the president will closely inspect the mountain and coastal sites and again verify the preparations made for the opening of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.