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Vladimir v Vladimir: meet the Italian transgender ex-MP who took on Putin

An Italian gay rights activist went to Sochi — and got thrown in jail. Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro profiles the former MP, who has had a colourful life — and more than one brush with Russian homophobes.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: not even the Olympics can bring viewers to Ten

Ten received another walloping at the hands of Seven and Nine.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR continues to rule

Sochi might be bringing in viewers for Ten, despite the below-average performance of the Aussie contingent.

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Tips and rumours

Should Great Gatsby get the SPC treatment? … songstress sick in Sydney … newspaper to lose weekend section? …

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Follow Friday: @MarkGaleotti, explaining Russia and the Games

Mark Galeotti is an important voice on the Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin’s overarching ambition and all things Russian. Crikey’s Follow Friday series explains why you should add him to your feed.

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Hang Ten: will anyone watch the Winter Olympics?

Viewership numbers for the Winter Olympics have fallen down a ski slope in recent years, so Crikey intern David Ross asks: will Ten make its money back? Maybe not — but that’s not the point.

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