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German president boycotting Sochi

Updated: December 8, 2013, 10:07 AM ET
Associated Press

BERLIN -- German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Sochi, Russia next year.

Gauck took the decision to protest human rights violations and the harassment of Russian opposition political figures, Der Spiegel reported Sunday. The magazine said the Russian government was informed of his decision last week.

Presidential spokeswoman Ferdos Forudastan confirmed the move to the dpa news agency on Sunday. Gauck's office could not immediately ...

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