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Comparison of Sochi with Hitler games riles Russians

Published on Feb 12, 2014 6:38 AM
Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia performs in the Women's Figure Skating Team Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - A Russian opposition radio station prompted angry rebukes on Tuesday for publishing a blog that compared the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi to the 1936 Olympics hosted by Adolf Hitler.

For the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin in particular, the Sochi games are a huge matter of national pride while a comparison to Nazi Germany is the ultimate insult.

The blog published on the website of Echo of Moscow radio station compared 15-year-old Russian figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia, who sealed victory in a team event on Sunday, to a German shotputting champion at the 1936 games in Berlin.

"I really like that little girl on skates a lot, but just imagine how much Berliners in summer 1936 liked the shotputter Hans Woelke," wrote satirist Viktor Shenderovich.

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