As host of the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics and the XXII Olympic Winter Games, Russia wants the world to believe that it is now the “NEW” Russia. Russia’s current and future actions in Ukraine may suggest otherwise.
The athletes participating in the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics show us how it is possible to turn adversity into triumph that benefits humanity. What could the new Russia learn from paralympians? How to turn past adversarial ethnic tensions into geopolitical compromise, cooperation and prosperity with their new, independent, neighbour.