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Any other business

Any other business: The friends of Putin taking home gold from the Sochi Olympics

Plus: Scotland’s tax-haven future, and the perverse power of banking fines

22 February 2014

9:00 AM

22 February 2014

9:00 AM

Imagine if the BBC’s excitable commentators had been asked to cover the building of Sochi’s facilities, rather than the Winter Olympics themselves. ‘Yeesss!!’ Ed Leigh might have yelled, ‘That’s the 21st construction contract for the big lad from St Petersburg, Arkady Rotenberg. Seven point four billion dollars’ worth, a new Olympic record — more than the entire cost of the 2010 Vancouver Games! How cool is that for the 62-year-old who was Vladimir Putin’s boyhood judo partner? Up next, the $9.4

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