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Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, waves as he is introduced during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 23, 2014. Left of Putin is Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, and right of Putin is Russian bobsled gold medalist Alexander Zubkov. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, waves as he is introduced during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 23, 2014. Left of Putin is Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, and right of Putin is Russian bobsled gold medalist Alexander Zubkov. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)