Despite a dispute over fraud allegations in the wake of Sunday's presidential vote in Ukraine, pro-Russian candidate Viktor Yanukovich is set to become the next president in what will be a dramatic shift back to pro-Kremlin policies.
Yulia Tymoshenko, the fiery heroine of Ukraine's Orange Revolution, warned of massive fraud by her rival Viktor Yanukovich in Sunday's election and threatened to call for street protests. But few Ukrainians seem eager to march.
Pro-Russian incumbent President Sergei Bagapsh won a crushing first-round victory this weekend with 59.4 percent of the vote critics say was fraudulent.
In a first, the games will range across Russian as well as Chinese territory near Khabarovsk in the far east.
Continued violence in the North Caucusus region could be fueled by anger over corruption, experts say.
Embattled President Saakashvili has accused Russians of financing a popular movement to oust him.
Thousands of young Moldovans stormed through the capital to protest alleged fraud in elections won by the Communist Party.