Topic: Vitaly Mutko
Russia is set to host three major international sporting events in the next year, including the 2014 Olympics. The Boston explosions are highlighting the security challenges it faces.
Russia's sports minister warned of 'disciplinary decisions' in response to a fifth-place overall standing at London 2012. About a fifth of Russians say the Olympics were a 'complete failure' for Russia.
Russia's sports minister likened the geopolitical impact of Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.
A report by the Russian parliament's Audit Chamber alleges the sports minister spent 12 times his official limit for hotel expenses and $4,500 on breakfasts during the Vancouver Olympics. His job could be in jeopardy.