Olympic flame arrives in Russia

The Olympic flame has arrived in Moscow in Russia, after being ceremonially lit and handed over from Athens. The 22nd Winter Olympics will begin in Sochi on February 7, 2014.

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Russia's Olympics planning has 'unified the country'

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who carried the Olympic flame in a lantern as part of a ceremony ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, said Russia's Olympics planning had unified the country.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak holds the Olympic flame after landing in Moscow . Credit: Reuters

"Today is a symbolic day for all of us which quite possibly may turn out to become a historic date. After 30 years, Russia is again meeting the Olympic flame which was lit in the homeland of the Olympic Games, in the ancient Olympia", said Kozak.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Russian ice-skaters Lina Fyodorova (L), 16, of Moscow and Maksim Miroshkin (2nd L), 19. Credit: Reuters

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Putin kicks off 2014 Winter Olympics torch relay

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the Olympic flame to the country today in a spectacular ceremony in the capital's Red Square.

President Vladimir Putin kicks off Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics torch relay. Credit: RTV

Putin championed the work of Olympic planners, volunteers and supporters and said: "It is quite logical that Russians love sports so much and appreciate everything that is connected with it.

"Without such active and engaged support by the public, citizens of Russia, it would have been impossible to implement gigantic sports projects. The Sochi Olympics has really become our common dream which is becoming a reality".

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