David Ignatius: In Russia, gold-medal devotion to the truth - The Washington Post: "Amid the television extravaganza of the Sochi Olympics, I had a chance to visit last week with a Russian whistleblower named Sergey Kolesnikov. Back in 2010, he had revealed what he claimed was a network of corruption that included a billion-dollar palace on the Black Sea allegedly built by wealthy businessmen for Vladimir Putin.
As with the athletes who are taking great risks in Sochi, the wonder with Kolesnikov is that, despite the dangers, he’s still on his feet. He hasn’t been back to Russia since he made his allegations about Putin in a December 2010 interview with me and a simultaneous open letter to then-President Dmitry Medvedev. He offered documents and photographs to support his tale of the wildly ornate Italian-style villa, supposedly built by cronies so that Putin could entertain VIPs in the run-up to the Olympics."
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