Sochi Stifling Critics

Suren Gazaryan

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, Suren Gazaryan, an exiled activist of the Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus, talks to the Associated Press in Tbilisi, Georgia. Dozens of Sochi activists, journalists and environmentalists have been harassed and intimidated in the run up to the Winter Games in Sochi. With the Olympics less than two months away, authorities are stepping up the pressure as these men and women refuse to back down in their fight to shed light on what they insist has been the destruction of the environment and a way of life. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov) ORG XMIT: MOSB101