While there are differences between the two nations, including the fact that China is a Communist state while Russia is now a democratic one, strong parallels connect the former Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China in their efforts to host the prestigious Olympic Games.
Through the agony of defeat, there's actually a much larger victory. For two weeks, nearly 3,000 athletes from 88 nations played together peacefully, competing in nearly 100 events.
As the Sochi Olympics come to a close, what is in store for the struggle for freedom and rights in Putin's Russia?
The Sochi Olympic Games were supposed to mark the pinnacle of Putin power and prestige, but instead it may mark the moment of his undoing.
Though the newest deal is a welcomed respite from recent days' brutal violence, no one should be surprised if the situation in Ukraine is soon taking yet another turn for the uglier. On the contrary, such an escalation of violence fits well with how Yanukovych has acted from day one of the crisis.
As the skiers race downhill, also going downhill is US relations with Russia and Venezuela where an opposition leader backed by the National Endowment for Democracy is now in jail as street protests escalate.
The story is clearly not over. Having weathered the harsh winter, the young demonstrators in Maidan do not trust their government and are not ready to go home until they see results. The government has changed its position so many times in the past, they may do so again.
What do our American friends need to understand about all of the events of the Sochi Olympics? That behind the Iron Curtain, things are very bad.
These films are meant to give hope to LGBTQ youth and adults in Russia. I've held fast to the notion that I'd be feel more gratified if I focused on the variety and specificity of our love, rather than condemning other viewpoints.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is apparently winning the war: Safe Olympics (so far), leading the medal count and even journalists have stopped complaining about unfinished rooms and brown water. But he's lost the battle. Big time.
In spite of all, it may be in the world's interest to hope that the Olympics are successful, warts and all, not so much because we condone Putin, but because of what the games could do for the Russian soul.
People of Maidan, you have a dream that unites you. Your dream is Europe. Not the Europe of accountants, but the Europe of values. Not the Europe of bureaucrats, but that of the spirit.
Have you ever gone out with someone and then a few years later, started seeing each other again? It's kind of neat. There's a level of familiarity; yo...
Is Vladimir Putin using the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to become the next great James Bond villain? Let's look at some facts.
It's the perfect time to ask, what would Brian Boitano do? He'd fight the evil robot king and save the human race again.
Russian security forces fear that as many as three female suicide bombers may have infiltrated their security parameters and may be hiding in the Olympic zone at Sochi. These bombers could wreak havoc by setting off their bombs amongst the crowds of athletes and spectators.