Europe TV drama? Putin rips Sochi official on air over Olympic cost overruns

Analysts say that the Russian president's angry tirade, followed by the official's firing, may be a bit of political theater meant to ease public concerns over the troubled Sochi Games preparations.

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Vladimir Putin marked the one-year countdown to the Sochi winter Games, to which he has pegged his personal prestige, by throwing a televised fit of temper and dressing down a top Olympic official, who was subsequently fired.