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Q Essay: Dispelling the 'cold' Russian stereotype

Olympic volunteers pose with  mascots during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (Phil Noble/Reuters)

Olympic volunteers pose with mascots during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (Phil Noble/Reuters)

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In today's opening essay, Jian takes on stereotypes that cast the Russian people in a harsh light. Much of the conversation and coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, he says, seems informed by spy novel caricatures of a stoic and militant people.

The full text of this essay has posted on Jian's blog at the CBC Olympic site. You can also see him meeting some of the Russians that inspired this essay, and other behind-the-scenes shots, at Q's instagram page



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