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Russian President Putin speaks with former ice hockey player Pavel Bure during a friendly ice hockey match in the Bolshoi Ice Palace near Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with former ice hockey player Pavel Bure (C) during a friendly ice hockey match in the Bolshoi Ice Palace near Sochi January 4, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskiy/RIA Novosti/Kremlin (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS SPORT OLYMPICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Vladimir Putin visits Sochi ahead of Olympics

Russian president Vladimir Putin was in Sochi to tour the Olympic venues on Friday.

The 2014 Winter Olympics begin on February 7th.